Salmon Falls

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.24 out of 5
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Intermediate
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,600 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
450
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
"The trail heads west from the bridge. It hugs the north side of the American River canyon, with some rather extreme sections of singletrack and rocks. The first 200 yards of the trail are 'hike-a-bike' and I really mean it. From that point forward, the Salmon Falls trail follows the contour of the cliffs. It winds in and out of chapparel, oaks, manzanita and other lower Sierra flora. Local fauna has been known to include the rattlesnake, coyote, deer, bovine and human life forms. Ride with care and please remember that since it is an out-and-back trail, others may be coming your way. Technically the trail is not too bad. The first 200 yards are the most challenging, but this is a trail that keeps you 'on your toes.' There are many baby heads, rocks, roots and divets that can throw an unaware rider around. It is also a great trail to learn how to ride by the seat of your pants. Total elevation gain on the trail is somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 feet. It is a perfect trail for those who are just getting used to riding again after a long, wet winter on the couch. You can ride this trail anytime of the year, but summers can be HOT. Winters can be nice especially after a nice rain, since the trail is sand based and holds quite a bit of water.
added by Guest January 1, 2003
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (1)
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South Fork American River Trail
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  cgreen5150   on Aug 13, 2016
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Reviews (32)
 

Granny Gear

May 29, 2016
 
Review: The trail is in good condition, I rode it after Sweetwater and found it to be the right amount of length for a good session. Its a bit sketchy in the beginning and I walked it as a result.

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Granny Gear

January 22, 2016
 
Review: First time here today. 63 temp, partly sunny, some mud on trails but overall very good conditions. No doubt the rocky entrance is a challenge. I chose to walk a few sections near beginning since big cliff there. Afternoon ride on Trek and saw 1 rider and 2 walkers. lol forward to a return in spring and summer.

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Gnarly


June 2, 2015
Hunter411 Gnarly  
 
Review: It seems way more rocky than last year. As you get out to about 5 miles it has way too many rocks for my taste, and atm I have a injured shoulder so.... I felt that way on a shorter trip also when I wasn't in as good of shape as now. Now that I am in better shape I will try it again after the shoulder heals and see how it is. But if your not a strong rider expect it to start wearing on you at about the 5 mile mark. The last time I rode it I saw only one biker with a very worn out dog. And maybe a hiker or two.

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Gnarly


May 6, 2014
gregval Gnarly  
 
Review: Nice mostly flowing singletrack. A few hike-a-bike spots; one early. A few steeper, short climbs. Nice view of the reservoir for most of the trail. Wife liked it; so not too technical.
Not much more to add to the other reviews. Recommended if in the area.

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Singletrack

November 18, 2013
gar29 Singletrack  
 
Review: Rode the trail this weekend. It is in great shape and surprising not to dusty for this late in the season of a dry year.

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Doubletrack


August 17, 2013
cgreen5150 Doubletrack  
 
Review: Salmon Falls is a really fun ride. I have ridden this trail about 10 times and it seems like I forget how much fun it is until I ride it again! The rocky section at the beginning has been slightly worked over to make it rideable instead of walking, but still a good challenge that you need to be careful on or end up down the cliff. Who doesn't like a good challenge, right? It has a little bit of everything - flowing sections, climbs, downhill, rocky technical sections, flat meadows, through the trees, on the side of a cliff, views of the lake - everything you could ask for!

Similar Trail: Old Flume/Yuba River, Sweetwater & Forrest Hill

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Granny Gear

June 10, 2013
 
Review: The trail description is fairly accurate. We rode this on a 75 degree relatively cool Monday. It was ideal and we only saw one other rider. The trail rock gardens have angular rocks that demand attention. I felt more tired after this than other longer less rocky rides.

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Gramcounter

June 8, 2013
Twiddles Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fun trail, stay clear on hot days very hot. Steep drop offs at start just walk it. Around mile 3 trail splits to lower and upper, upper is easier on the way out, lower on the way back both join up about a mile further down trail. Several areas may require a short push over technical rock gardens. At far end of loop you leave single track to a fire-road. Turn around here to save a .5 mile climb on fire road.

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Gramcounter

May 15, 2012
jamtb Gramcounter  
 
Review: I rode the other trail on the North side of the river going east. It is called the American River trail. Its about 18 miles round trip as an out n back. The trail is rather easy and less technical than Salmon Falls, but has more hills. If you like hills, then this is a better trail. If you like more technical single track, Salmon Falls is better. Both nice rides and the scenery is great on both trails.

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Gramcounter

May 13, 2012
jamtb Gramcounter  
 
Review: Thought I would review this trails since no one has since 2010. Great ride, nice mix of single track with rocks, hills and a small mount of fire roads. I did an out N back and logged 20 miles and enjoyed all of it. I did not find a loop and asked locals and they did not know of a loop either. There is also a new trail from the parking lot on the north side that is about the same length. I plan on riding it tomorrow.

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Salmon Falls MTB Trail 4.24 out of 5 based on 32 ratings. 32 user reviews.
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