American River Trail

3.13 out of 5
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↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 900 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
As stated above, the singletrack options along this trail are not legally open, yet many people have been known to partake in this option. I was once asked by a park ranger to get off the doubletrack trail. He was in his truck at the time so I didn't take his warning too seriously. Now if he had been on a bike, that might have been different. But a truck!! In an area closed to motor vehicles!?!?! I don't think so!! That being aside, I would suggest that any off-pavement excursions be kept to a minimum and courtesy should remain a paradigm to trail riding here. Keep in mind that some trails are posted as "No Bikes" while others are not. A bit odd, but so be it. The trail itself is easy to follow as it is paved, but as stated earlier you can turn around at any point. There are numerous rest stops, drinking fountains, picnic spots and whatnot along the trail so "fun events" are always a possibility. You may encounter equestrians, joggers, dog walkers, skaters and young families; so exercise caution. A hearty "hello" or "passing on your left" is always courteous. Posted speed limit along the trail is 15mph so watch yourself. Usually this is not too much of a problem, but every once in awhile an inattentive jogger, cyclist or child can cause disaster. Total elevation change is 440 feet over the 32 miles, however most of those feet come in the final grunt up to Folsom Lake in the last two miles. The lower 30 miles are flat. Since this is a paved trail it is open year-round however summertime temperatures can be into the low 100s, so plan accordingly. Spring and fall tend to be the most popular seasons, but any weekend can see lots of activity along this trail.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (11)


June 13, 2010
nameused Gramcounter  
Review: Bring a road bike, or be ready to ride on pavement the whole time, single tracks open to horse and hikers only.

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Granny Gear

March 30, 2009
pdederko Granny Gear  
Review: I'm a Sac native so this trail has been with me for a long time. I took this trail again yesterday (March 29, 09') with my dad, brother and his wife for my dads 70th BDay. He was on his road bike while the rest of us were on the mtn bikes checking out the single track paths along the sides of the paved bike trail. It varies from very easy leveled spots to a bit more rocky areas but nothing anyone can't handle. Give it a try and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Till then, stay on those bikes and enjoy what the American River and its surroundings have to offer. See you on the trail! Pete D

Granny Gear

September 21, 2008
eshea42042 Granny Gear  
Review: Everyone I saw on the trail was cool as long as slow for them, its a bit narrow in spots for traffic. i saw 1 sign for "no bikes" at the entrance and thats it. Way fun to tear through if you want, just dump off on one of the dozens of streets that run into the park!! hehhehee

Similar Trail: Sailor Bar on the American River


September 25, 2005
Juan_Gear Singletrack  
Review: Rode from Howe Ave to Granit Bay. I always do all single track that is not posted no bike. Met a ranger on a horse while on single track she said nothing. And was very nice. Howe to Granit Bay then do Granit Bay. Nice S.S. spin


June 12, 2005
Juan_Gear Singletrack  
Review: Kinda boring, Single Speed run from dam was better than sitting on the couch

February 26, 2005
Review: good ride...i take single track with my mountain bike and have never had any problems


February 8, 2005
Mshdmonky Gramcounter  
Review: This is a cool route. Recomend it if anybody wants a good work out


October 24, 2004
gar29 Singletrack  
Review: Bring your road bike. The singletrack is open to horse and hikers only.

May 24, 2004
Review: My wife and I took this trail from Sacramento to Folsom one day and back the next. Stayed an enjoyable night in Folsom. We found it to be a wonderful, scenic, nice trail for this kind of ride. Would recommend it hightly

Similar Trail: City trail in Rapid City, SD or Any of the trails in Minneapolis, St. Paul

March 9, 2004
Review: fun

American River Trail MTB Trail 3.13 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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