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For context I started at capital mall Blvd and ran 3 miles north and then back Ina Sunday at 9am.
I really liked the trail and am surprised about the negative reviews from a few years ago. The downside was that for about a mile or less of the trail I was about 100 yards or less from the highway. But other than that the river front run was nice. I saw less than five homeless people or trail side tents so not sure if that is a different area. The road wasn't that congested - never more than 5 people around me and usually at least one person within view (if safety is a concern)
I have literally grown up on this trail. There are several off shoots and unpaved trails for running and even horses as well, especially in the Fair Oaks and Orangevale areas.
CAUTION - DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR PARKED ON BRIDGE STREET IN FAIR OAKS NEAR THE 20 MILE MARK UNLESS YOU WANT IT TO GET BROKEN INTO
Enjoyed looking at all the trees. The trees are marked making them easy to identify. We enjoyed a leisure walk among the paved and shaded trail/path. Also there are many art works and statues scattered throughout the park. No biking or skating/boarding allowed.
The trail is not a hike but rather a walk. Old Sacramento has lots of eating establishments and stores. It offers views of the river and the Tower Bridge. There is a statue of a horseman with a plaque that tells a brief story of the Pony Express. It's a neat area.