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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +213/ -202 ft
Total: 88 riders

Mountain Biking Sweetwater Trail

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#88 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
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The ride: Start at the gate in the parking area. The trail is real easy to follow, all turns are marked, and it is easy to follow the bike tracks. The trail is mostly single track, with a short bit of fire road at the beginning. The trail is well designed, with a couple fast downhills and a couple nice rock gardens thrown in. If you want to ride more than the 6 miles, when you get to the turn-around point in the SRA, ride up the road 1/4 mile and ride the Salmon Falls (Darrington) Trail also.

First added by gar29 on Oct 25, 2004. Last updated May 3, 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

    I went to this trail before riding Salmon falls/Darrington. It is definitely overgrown and the trail gets small at points >12"... however not too technical. I ended up with a few ticks on me at the end of the ride so make sure to check yourself.

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  • gar29

    Rode the trail 7/12/15. Trail is a bit overgrown and has one tree down (around a blind corner!) and several low branches. It's still a fun ride.

    The old submerged bridge across the American River inlet, which is about a mile from the south parking lot trailhead, is accessible again. You can make your ride a loop by either riding all the way on Sweetwater, take the road across the Salmon Falls bridge to the Salmon Falls trailhead and ride back to the old bridge, or cross the old bridge and head right on the Salmon Falls trail to the trail head, ride up the road to the north Sweetwater trailhead and ride back to your vehicle at the south trailhead.,

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  • Eric Foltz

    Nice little trail. Mostly ST that contours around the lake. A couple of rocky sections but nothing real hard.

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  • gar29

    Love this trail, but rode it today, for the first time since early summer, and couldn't believe the shape it is currently in. Lots of blow-downs and low hanging branches. Keep this in mind if you're bombing the downhills!

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  • gar29

    Trail is in great shape, hard packed and fast riding.

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  • Twiddles

    Great trail to build your skills mostly narrow rolling single track. Couple of rock gardens, intermediate riders may be able to handle entire trail without any hiking. Trail from fire road to parking lot is most technical (you hit rock gardens on the climb). Couple of fun short downhills. Trail from parking lot to fire road is easier and technical areas are much easier on the downhill. Short but very fun ride.

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  • gar29

    Trail is in great condition. Brush is cut back and everything looks good. Nice quick ride and can be ridden with Salmon Falls for an extended session.

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  • jformaker

    Nice ride. After first 1.5 miles, lots of up and down plus rocks. To drive there, you are better off taking hwy 50 to El Dorado Hills Blvd, turning left off the freeway, and following it until it turns into Salmon Falls road. Green Valley Road does not intersect with Folsom blvd, it is called Blue Ravine road.

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  • elipsez13

    Nice trail, almost ran over some hikers. Short but sweet, and great scenery.

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  • bubskin

    Nice after work trail. Not too crowded. Lots of dips and curves. Enough roots and rocks that you have to pay attention. No dull sections. Goes along Folsom Lake - mostly wooded. LOTS of poison OAK!

    I am in my mid 50's and just started riding - It got me puffing, but it has no long uphill grades, so if you are a bit out of shape you can catch your breath on the short down hills.

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  • gar29

    Fun quick out-and-back, or at the end, ride up to Darrington Trail (Salmon Falls Trail) and turn it into a 30 mile out and back! Just bring plenty of water in the summer, as it is extremely hot!

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  • Juan_Gear

    to short but fun need to do with Dorrington loop

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