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Off Highway 49, leads to several trails. We ended up taking the one down to the river/railroad tracks. Good mix of incline/decline.

Great hike, great workout. I enjoyed walking along the flume and the river access. My dogs came back with a bunch of ticks :( I suppose to be expected. We went late afternoon on a Saturday and were able to park down the street and walk up to the trailhead.

1 day ago

A beautiful trail which starts off hard due to incline but easy to follow and the downhill section had a couple of nice little waterfalls/creeks. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 days ago

Great trail at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Trail goes from the foothills to the American River and ends at the border of Folsom Lake State Park and Auburn State Park.

love it use it maintain it

14 days ago

I'ma give five stars. This is a fun hike. It's actually a bit challenging - - pretty steep.. even the descent will wear on those out of shape. I've done it a few times now and it's become a great hike to build cardio up. I always start off at the top and go down to the water and back up. Next time I'll try doing it two times.
Also beyond the work out, this hike has times where you have beautiful views, mostly shady and at the bottom is the river. So all around its a great hike.

15 days ago

Amazing trail!!

Dewy, but not wet. Road full of cars, but only saw three people.

No matter how many times I do this trail, it still kicks my butt!! Short trail, but the change in elevation gets the heart pumping. I generally follow the trail out towards Cool to get a little more distance in for the day.

And running back down the hill makes the hike up soooooo worth it!

This was a good hike. Lots of manzanita and one little fern grotto we passed through. Did the loop counter clockwise so walked down the steep incline others had talked about going up. I can see where it would be hot in the summer. Recommend for cooler weather.

just finished this hike, beautiful

20 days ago

Fantastic easy trail! Gorgeous views of the American River. Like some said, part is paved and busy, but about 3/4 of it was fairly secluded and unpaved. Peaceful walk. I see no reason that your can't walk this trail year round, even though the description says it's best through October.

20 days ago

Short but very steep hike. I did the shorter version but next time I'll push myself to go the extra .7 miles. I wouldn't recommend for beginners.

Good hike. Trails are nicely marked- but there are a few different trails. From this trail head you head down and to the left to find the waterfall. We took a few wrong turns- but worth it!! Beautiful hike!

25 days ago

Getting to this hike was very easy. There is plenty of paved parking. There is a $10 parking fee that is self service so make sure you bring exact change.

This was a beautiful hike. I went on Christmas Day and there was no one else out on the trail. I came across one bicyclist that crossed my path and then went down a different trail. There were a lot of birds out. The weather was perfect. The trail is a bit narrow but it's easy to follow and very pretty. The hike totaled 5.5 miles. I recommend checking it out. I will definitely be going out there again.

Gently sloping paved trail fairly easy for kids. We took our two y/o on his glide bike and while he got good speed down some of the hills, was able to maintain control. Nice little park midway for kids to play at and picnics

nice trail! easy and flat

did this hike today and loved it! it's a pretty easy hike. the trail is wide and mainly flat. lots of bathrooms along the trail if needed, and such pretty views!

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on

easy walk with nice views.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful in December, some good technical trail running sections and killer views. Definitely not for folks who aren’t at least in reasonable shape. Restrooms are clean but those pit toilets freak me out. Definitely working this into the rotation!

Have done this hike quite a few times in every season. Easy hike with nice views of the hills.

beautiful location, free parking, overall a great hike

1 month ago

Trail is paved, but there are plenty of light bouldering opportunities if you choose to go off trail. If you enjoy photography the trail affords some beautiful "mini-rapids," and plenty of beautiful vistas.

Took me about 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete. The view from on top of the ridge was fantastic and there were even a few picnic tables if you wanted to hike up and have lunch. All the people I came across were very friendly, although I didn’t see a soul from mile two on. The trail to get down to the river is marked as emergency access so if you see that sign you’re going the right way! Don’t let the first incline scare you away, there are ups and downs the entire trail so you get breaks

on Training Hill

1 month ago

did this today after some rain. Trail fine with hiking boots though I can see some parts being slippery with other shoes. The first part is still steep (I keep on thinking it's changed) but very doable, just take your time. Not much scenery until the top and on the way back but still very nice.

trail running
1 month ago

Great place for training. Go counter clockwise twice for a good workout.

No Road Bike Trail! Per the Ranger!

1 month ago

I took my wife, toddler, and two dogs. We did a loop that combined multiple trails. Great views, great workout, tired son and dogs.

The trail is well marked and scenic. However, do not leave anything of value in your car. There are people waiting for you to hit the trail so they can comb through your car. Very messed up!

Beautiful open space, lots of options to deviate for harder or easier hike, nice views of river, hills, wildflowers. Highly recommend to extend the trail via west ridge loop.

2 months ago

Steep and a bit unforgiving if you're not in reasonably good shape. You do have a couple of options in your ascent of the hill to lessen the steep grade, but even then it's a good workout.

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