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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 64 riders

Mountain Biking Salmon Falls: Sweetwater Loop

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#87 of 997 mountain bike trails in California
#1,196 in the world

*This loop is only available during fall/winter when the water is low enough to reveal the old bridge over the river* Start the Sweetwater trail at the gated trailhead. Ride the complete trail, then ride up Salmon Falls Road for 1/4 mile, cross the Salmon Falls Bridge, and start riding the Salmon Falls trail. Continue 4 miles on the Salmon Falls trail (7 miles total). When you are at the top of a hill overlooking a large field, with the river on your left, you will see the old bridge visible to your left. Ride down the hill, cross the bridge, and continue straight to rejoin the Sweetwater trail. When you get to the Sweetwater trail, turn right, and ride about 1 mile back to the trail head.

First added by gar29 on Oct 25, 2004. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Hwy 50 east from Sacramento, exit at Folsom Blvd exit, and turn left on Folsom Blvd. Continue on Folsom Blvd to Green Valley Rd. Turn right on Green Valley Rd. Stay on Green Valley Rd until Salmon Falls Rd. Turn Left on Salmon Falls, continue on Salmon Falls Rd for 3 or 4 miles, Trailhead is on a sharp left hand turn, on the left side. If you get to the Salmon Falls Bridge, you went to far. Parking is in a little parking area, or alongside of the road. Alternately you can continue up the road and park in the SRA parking, and start the trail from that side.
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  • killyahhh17

    This is a fun trail that is moderate in difficulty. There is a small section early on that is sketchy and I walked it as a result. Other then that the trail is flowy with a good mix of ups and downs. Parked by the bridge because its free (I think) and rode up to the trail on the other side of the bridge on the left.

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  • Eric Foltz

    Good trail system. Mostly packed single track with some rocks/roots thrown in for fun. Nothing real technical. Just enough to make it fun.

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  • Eugene Ogorodnik

    A very nice trail, with some good technical uphill and downhill sections. The views are great too.

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  • gar29

    The bridge is ridable again. Actually the water is lower than I have ever seen it. Enjoy it while you can!

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  • cgreen5150

    There are obliviously a few different ways to ride this loop. If you want more miles than the 8 listed here, (not sure how they figured that) start at the REAL trailhead by the parking lot just before the bridge on Salmon Falls Rd. Its a sharp left turn into the parking lot and the trailhead is clearly posted next to the bathrooms. Run Sweetwater 3 miles to the green gate and then head back approximately 1.5 miles to the bridge that goes across the lake. Cross the bridge and up the hill to connect to Salmon Falls. Turn left and ride for about 6 miles to the end of the trail. Turn around and ride it back with the option of going back over the bridge to Sweetwater or continue straight on Salmon Falls and taking the road over another bridge up the hill and back to your car. Either way is about 20 - 22 miles of killer trail! The water is low enough now to not have to get wet like I said a month ago.

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  • cgreen5150

    Just a note: the bridge is there, but there's just enough water to make getting to either end a wet proposition. If you want to take your shoes off and walk through about calf high water on top of some cement that's slightly underwater then you can ride the bridge over and do it again on the other side before riding up to Salmon Falls. Really fun trails though. They never disappoint !

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  • pdederko

    Just a note...the directions here are WRONG!! If you want to go this route, before Green Valley Rd, you must go through Natoma Street to Green Valley Rd. I was stupid to read these directions and wasted my time today. Thanks to whoever posted it!

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  • pdederko

    Just rode the trail for my second time this Saturday, 4/11/09, and again it never disappoints. The trail is sick! Love the first portion the best with its rocky-busted-thigh pumpin' beginning.

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  • gar29

    Just rode the trail on 1/22/06, the bridge is there, the loop is ready to ride!

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  • gar29

    Juan is right on the Poison Oak. Lots of it around!

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  • Juan_Gear

    Was good for a single speed as a link to Salmon Falls. P Oak was heavey

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