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Level: Beginner
Length: 32 mi (51.5 km)
Surface: Greenway
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +346/ -268 ft
Total: 91 riders

Mountain Biking American River Trail

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#290 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#3,663 in the world

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.

First added by searsandrewj on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated May 3, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Starting at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, this trail heads east to Folsom Lake. The total distance (one-way) is 32 miles. You can ride any distance since it is an out and back ride. There is currently no "legal'"singletrack along this route, however that is under review within the Parks & Rec departments that oversee the Trail. However, you may be able to divert from the paved path up to the levees along the American River to get some dirt under your tires. The path on top of the levee is legal to ride on.
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  • nameused

    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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  • pdederko

    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

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  • eshea42042

    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

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  • Juan_Gear

    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

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  • Juan_Gear

    Kinda boring, Single Speed run from dam was better than sitting on the couch

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  • Mshdmonky

    This is a cool route. Recomend it if anybody wants a good work out

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  • gar29

    Bring your road bike. The singletrack is open to horse and hikers only.

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