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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +1,713/ -1,763 ft
Total: 105 riders

Mountain Biking American River Confluence Trails

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#102 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,439 in the world


First added by searsandrewj on Dec 2, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 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
The Confluence is out of Auburn towards the city of Cool, the trails are pretty much below the Forest Hill bridge, there area bunch of fun one's. Go Kings!(sacto)
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  • John Rosselot
    Reviewing Culvert Trail:

    Great flow. Really dry and dusty in the summer but definitely worth riding.

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  • cgreen5150

    First of all I had to laugh at Juan Gear's review. I would not want this to be one of the first trails I rode if I was a newbie! While the downhill section (approximately 4 miles) is not that crazy, there are some small technical rocky sections on the side of a cliff that I would not recommend riding if you're just starting out. The downhill IS an absolute blast to bomb down though. Again, if I was just starting to ride, I wouldn't want to ride the 2 - 2 1/2 mile climb to get to the top either. While a mile or so is not that steep and on pavement, if you're out of shape at all it would be tough. I know this because I did just that when I started riding 4 years ago. I would climb for a 1/4 mile and stop thinking I was going to die! Looking back now I laugh at that. All said this is a really fun ride with great views on the downhill section and even on some of the climbs. Combine with Culvert and Connector and if you're really feeling it, Foresthill for a longer kick ass day of riding.

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  • cgreen5150
    Reviewing Culvert Trail:

    Holly switchbacks batman! They've done some great work on this trail with the berms on the switchbacks. The tunnel is a unique section to run through. Definitely dark through there. Really fun downhill !

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  • rp2050

    Take hwy 49 from Auburn Down toward the American river. Arriving at the confluence hwy 49 turns right toward the town of Cool. Do not turn. Continue straight for another 200 yards. Ther will be parking along the left side of the road. The trailhead is just before the bridge on the left. It starts out as double and singletrack. After a moderate climb on pavement you come to a dirt road on the right which is blocked by rocks. Take this trail and follow it across a couple of roads and down to the descent of the opposite river canyon from the one you started on. The descent is fairly simple but for a few technical sections requiring some manuvering through tight rock sections. The trail ends back at the opposite side of the bridge where you started. It's about 8 miles long.* Review edited 3/4/2008

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  • Doug_Houston

    Nt sure how many have reviewed this trail but on trail stats it indicates that the average time is 45 minutes. I can do this trail in sub-40 but that is cookin. I suppose this trail is suitable for beginners but if I were beginning I would not want my first ride to be a 3 mile, 1,000 foot climb. Also the backside of the trail while fun and fast contains a number of marginally technical spots which would be antimidating for beginners. Track is fun but I would take in Connector Trail to Foresthill Divide Loop (about 25 miles). The Clementime, Confluenc Loop is a bit short for me.

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  • Juan_Gear

    Good for newbys to get started on.

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