Euchre Bar Trail

HARD 33 reviews
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Euchre Bar Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dutch Flat, CA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.7 miles 3151 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is the shortest of the nine access trails into the North Fork American River canyon, and the only one with a bridge over the river. It can be done either as an out-and-back trail to the bridge, or a rim-to-rim trail via Dorer Ranch Road, where it passes some old mining equipment.

2 months ago

Very quiet and secluded river bank at the bottom of the first stretch of mountain. Straight down and straight back up. Bring lots of water, bug spray, and snacks. Really rewarding.

4 months ago

Hike down wasn't too bad but hike up was quite challenging. There was alot of mosquito, take bug spray and wear long clothing.

backpacking
4 months ago

I would rate this a 5,but if you are not experienced or have not trained for a hike like this don't go. I was thinking no big deal. I was wrong I did it and feel accomplished but I paid for it. it killed me. I will do trail again but not soon. lol beautiful river and bridge area.

hiking
4 months ago

Not suitable for an athletic type person who is poorly out of shape... Wanted to try this hike out on a busy holiday weekend - made it 2/3 way down the hill before my brain told me coming back was going to kill me (also was a 95+ degree day and the trailhead fire was still blowing smoke that way). We turned around...and just that amount was miserable. Knowing the area, I'm certain the river area is awesome, cold and rocky. We'll be back once we're back in shape.

Parking is at the restrooms - the sign is confusing, don't keep driving unless you're up for some light wheeling. Or if you do you can park by the abandoned horse trailer (there are a few, park at the first one). The trail head is marked by a shot out metal sign. The first part is almost all forest tree cover. Some bugs mid day - I'm guess it's worse in early or later hours. Can't speak to the trail much more, except it's natures version of a stairclimber.

Dog friendly- didn't see many people out there, like most areas of the river I'm guessing it's not great for dog swimming. Trail looked clean and not thorny - although lots of poison oak, so if you're prone to 2nd hand rashes you might leave the dog at home or fully leashed.
I would not recommend this for kids...athletic teens yes.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail was 2 miles straight down. The river was nice but there was only one place that you could get access easily. High walls of rocks on either side of the river prevented us from getting closer to the water. We were able to hang our hammocks on the other side of the river and relax for a little bit. However, there were a lot of mosquitoes. This was not my favorite hike but getting to relax by the river was nice. The hike back up was 2 miles straight up- Whew!

6 months ago

Tough hike but worth it. Bring plenty of water for the hike back up

hiking
6 months ago

This was absolutely miserable/terrifying due to the quantity of mosquitos. I'm not even sure bug spray would've made enough of a difference. Definitely not worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellent. Great train for Yosemite Half Dome.

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible. The way down was a little much on the legs but the climb up definitely got the heart rate going. According to FitBit, this hike allows an individual to burn 1,187 calories. And the views are spectacular.

hiking
7 months ago

Needless to say the trip down was pleasant. The water was VERY cold (bring swim trunks for the rope swing!) and the hike back up nearly 1800 feet was just short of brutal :-)

hiking
9 months ago

The beautiful view of the canyon was beyond expectations! The hike was perfect at 2 miles, not too long or too short for such a strenuous hike. It was a great workout and totally worth it. Want to go again in the summer to jump in the swimming hole. The river was beautiful and there were few people there. There's a bathroom at the end of the road and that's how you know you are at the right place. At first, we stopped at the big parking lot and went down an unmarked trail that led nowhere. So, pass that and make sure you see the bathroom and then walk to the clearly marked trail. So much fun for a Valentine's Day date.

cross country skiing
11 months ago

This was a great hike. The water at the bottom is so clear and beautiful! The climb back up kicked my ass though!

hiking
11 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. There was some snow on the start of the trail but stopped a mile or so down.

camping
11 months ago

Really strenuous, but really fun hike! My girlfriend and I took an overnight trip on Euchre Bar during the week and had a great time. A few notes:

1. This time of year is very cold and damp. There was snow at the top of the trail, frost along the entire trail, and wet and frozen ground at the campsites.

2. The unpaved road to the Alta entrance wasn't well kept. We had to park along the road and hike nearly a mile to the trailhead. On the way home, an oncoming car on the one-way road was driving way too fast around a corner and forced us into the ditch to avoid a crash. Be careful! Drive slow!

3. There's downed trees on the trail. You'll have to climb around them. No big deal.

11 months ago

Strenuous, isolated and great fun!

1 year ago

Rugged climb to & from river.

1 year ago

The pool of water at the bottom of the trail was awesome! The hike down was incredibly steep. But coming back up was hell for me. I'm lacking in my hiking experience. I will do it again.

hiking
1 year ago

A good challenge on the way back up the trail, but the views and good pools to swim in made the hike worth it. Recommend bug spray / long pants / shirts

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike and exercise; if you take the trail to the end you will run into a house just beyond a camp ground. I'm glad I hiked the whole thing for the exercise, but not for the hike; the hike was nice, but tons of poison oak everywhere; i'm glad I wore pants. Lot's of up and down and the first part of the hike down to the foot bridge which is also the last part of the hike is quite the challenge after 6 or 7 miles of hiking. I personally loved the challenge, but I would not recommend this hike for your average hiker or kids; it's a tough climb out.

hiking
1 year ago

wow! steep down in, steep back up! great trail for training to do Mt Whitney, half dome etc and just pure training! never saw people but a motorcyclists coming out, cheater! desire to do again but absolutely on cool day with no mosquitos! they tried to eat us alive in spring! after crossing bridge watch for proper trail, we accidentally followed river going up stream which was worth it but trail does not.