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mountain biking
1 day ago

Singletrack is really Fun!

This is an easy walk, but you have to deal with cyclists yelling at you for being on any part of the path.

Love this trail! Lots of shade for the dogs. Loved seeing horses pass, as well as runners. Bikers go really fast past you though so be careful! Otherwise I love how there are so many trails to choose from off the normal bike path.

This is more of a 'walking'/biking trail, not really what I'd call a hiking trail (Vibram soled boots/shoes not necessary), tennis shoes can be worn. While I have to admit I haven't done the upper part of it, which I assume is the dirt part, mainly just the lower part down by the water which is paved. The so-called 'closed' parts are not really "closed", but concrete barricades have been placed in two places where earth-slides have occurred. However, everyone, bikers & walkers, go over & around these barricades to continue on in either direction without any trouble, other than the inconvenience especially to bikers (you'll have to walk your bike a very short distance at these 2 places). The paved trail along the water is actually very nice for walkers & bikers. You can actually do much more than a 4 mile round trip going from Negro Bar to Hazel Ave. on the paved trail. If you want to avoid $10 parking, start at the Hazel Ave end. Get there by going north on Hazel from Hywy 50, go over the bridge past Nimbus rec area; right on the other side of the bridge, on the right is an entrance to a day use parking area. Walk or bike back to Hazel from the parking area & go back towards the bridge, you'll come to the paved trail; stay left to go towards Negro Bar. Be aware there are rattlesnakes in the area.

26 days ago

love this trail. At times I feel like I am in a big forest.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is not an easy trail. Bring 4 quarts of water during the warm months.

Recommend starting from Beals Point or Granite Bay to avoid the congestion of the American River Bike Trail which is also paved and not to my liking. It's a solid 16 mile+ hike BUT... what's not accounted for on this map is that the last mile of your hike is Cardiac Hill to get up to Maidu, read the topo! This is where the elevation comes in, bring plenty of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy but nice

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike along the river with intermittent river access. Great for dogs especially if they can be off leash or like to swim. Very rocky in places with modest elevation changes. Not many people out on a cool July 4 morning except several mountain bikers.

walking
1 month ago

Didn’t get to finish the trail due to lack of time but from what I saw it is quiet and peaceful. Got to the bridge by the golf course and enjoyed the creek under the bridge. I would do this again. :)

I was very disappointed in this trail. It is not a moderate hike at all. I was unable to get my heart rate into fat burning range at all. This trail consisted I’ve touring every parking lot and boat ramp along the granite bay side of the lake. Not worth the $12 to park.

nature trips
1 month ago

Loved the trial and would do it again.

I'm not sure that I ever found the correct trail. I took the road to the right that multiple people were walking on. there was zero elevation. It ended at the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike, but i would late the second half as moderate. especially in 88 degree weather. Strongly recommend this as an early morning hike and bring plenty of water. trail was rocky, so a good pair of hiking boots or trail running shoes are recommend. $10 Parking was limited, and we lucky to get the last spot.

Good easy walk. Nice scenery.

walking
2 months ago

Great and simple trail! I went with a friend, her baby that she carried in a bjorn on her back, her two young daughters that rode their bikes, and Dakota the Dog :-) There is ample parking and it is free. There is a great playground for kids near the parking lot and a very large empty grassy field for dogs to run around on or kids to play soccer. The trail itself is all pavement, but there is a dirt trail that runs parallel with the pavement. The dirt trail is also close to the cool running creek. Everyone on the trail was nice. Dogs all had leashes. I will definitely do this trail again. Great for a running trail!

I loved it.. the water at the bridge is so beautiful..

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of the river as you get to the other end of the loop! I did get off the trail at one point & was walking by houses for a few minutes when I realized, the trail was just below though so not hard to find!

Fabulous hike! The trail that's closed is open to hikers but closed to bicycles. No problem hiking there and there's beautiful hiking by the shoreline there. Then hike up to the eagle's nest viewing area. Shady, peaceful, nice scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

We picked this one because it’s one of the only trails I could find that allows for dogs to be off leash. A good walk- one day we’ll do the whole thing. $10 cash to park. Rocky and harder than easy in the beginning - meaning your parents may not be able to do it. Definitely coming again with friends and dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

this is a great trail! pretty easy with a couple of little hills. great scenery, runs along a little stream. stroller friendly and not too busy

There’s parking! It’s free! Well used paved path with friendly people- nice little park here too for kickball or baseball-

walking
3 months ago

Wife and I went for a little hike to take some photographs. Nice little area with a lot of different flowers and butterflies. Good numbers of hikers, runners, and bikers, but everyone was very pleasant and the bikers were always very polite about giving us a heads up.

Bring sunscreen. Very sunny hike with not much shade at the beginning. My family and I walked for about a mile and half. Relatively easy. Fairly rocky. The view of the American river turning into the lake was quite pretty. The path is narrow, not wide enough for people to walk side by side. But we enjoyed our time overall!

mountain biking
3 months ago

very rocky. otherwise perfect

hiking
3 months ago

Its one of my favorite hikes especially the views when you make it to the top.

mountain biking
4 months ago

First trail ride since being in California. Took my 9 year old and she had a blast. Concrete trail is almost entirely flat and great for families. Dirt trails are mellow and pretty narrow at times with high grass. Overall good simple and short ride. Will be back.

The trail down at the river is closed due to a rock slide. We started at Norma Hamlin park (free parking) and hiked to the trail using the one above the bluffs. At the fork go left up the hill, along the top of the bluffs and down to Negro bar. Bathrooms and water are avalible. It's a little over 4 miles loop.

You need to pay 12$ per parking. Regular trail. Nothing special.

nature trips
4 months ago

This was an awesome trail, first one I've tried using this app and Im so glad! There was so much to see I probably took 100 pictures that all look the same but I couldn't help it! Walking by the water was not even much more difficult than the paved path, but both offered really great views. Loved the river, different trees and plants and of course all of the wild flowers! I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone of any level of hiking experience, but there were plenty of dogs off leash so be careful bringing your dog if that would be a problem.

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