American River is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rancho Cordova, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The American River has a paved trail from it's confluence with the Sacramento River and Beale's Point at Folsom Lake. There are numerous dirt hiking trails and several access points with picnic areas and parking. A 35 mile long natural area in the middle of the Sacramento area with a bike trail, horse trails, nature trails, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, birding, and rafting opportunities
This place is ok in the winter and spring but be aware of the crowds of moronic half witt drunk and destructive idiots who congregate here in the summer and fall. Plenty of garbage, tampons and condoms to go around for everyone! YAY! Oh and don't forget all the full beer cans you will find floating down the river from all the drunk idiots who tip their rafts over and spill all the contents into the river. Just grab one of the beers that happen to float by, snatch it up, pop it open and take a swig! Here come the Rangers! You now have a ticket for drinking in public!
It just wasn't what we were looking for. Not many trees; very hot hike with kiddos 2 & under. Better for bike rides or runners & older kids.
It's good biking n walk run trail
It was a nice walk, great for kids and family.
My family and I enjoyed this walk. We parked by the American River Raft Rentals and walked back under the overpass, over the river and all the way to the end of the trail which ended at a soccer field. It took us about an hour all together. Moderate inclines but not that many. Would definitely walk on this trail again!