Awesome trail, just right for my 3 and 5 year olds. Took our time and spotted quite a few (more than 1, less than 15) hidden dinosaurs! Such an awesome idea, kept the kids engaged, exploring and excited to see around the next bend.

Followed the directions which led me to a parking lot to URV which is the University Residence Village parking lot. So whoever posted the directions most likely lives there or goes to the university. Every space is marked Permit Parking or has a number and the entry gate says access to URV residents only.

I am sure there are other access points along the way but just didn’t have the energy to locate another entry point.

So if someone knows a more accessible-to-all access point, please point it out.

nature trips
1 month ago

This was our families first little hiking trip and we absolutely had a blast. I have a 5 year old and 4 month and we all did this with a breeze. Very Easy.
The drive in was fun, very winding roads. Free parking. Nice spot halfway through by the river, sandy area to have lunch. There is also random picnic tables along the trail.

Great for Kids! little dinosaur toys along the trail. Would be a fun tradition to place a new dinosaur somewhere special. Definitely will come again.

A good walk but not outstanding - except for a great bridge to view and walk over!!! We did this hike in the winter and it was overcast and cool.

Its great for running, you have inclines & flat areas, and its a scenic run as well.

This a great trail for kids, dogs, families, wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are accessible on the side of the trail closets to the bathroom. You can not take a wheelchair on the complete loop. Great river access. Always peaceful & quiet when I’ve been out there. You will find dinosaurs hiding along the trail that are not meant to take home but to move along the trail. It’s a great way to keep the kids interested in the hike without complaints.

Quick and easy hike that takes under an hour. Checked it out to test the new dog on hikes... will return for leisure strolls often. We found a dinosaur hidden in the cracks of one of the rock walls and only then because the sunlight was hitting it just right. What a funny little treat!

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect hike for kids. We were able to go down and play in the river in the middle of our hike. Well maintained and very easy to follow. Clean bathrooms.

hiking
7 months ago

Great little hike for spur of the moment exercise.

Turned off the paved path for a while and went along the dirt trails till we got to the bridge and then took the paved path back to the parking lot.It was a nice hike we do it again.

Easy trail with lots of views of the river.

Lots of homeless people living here. My wife and I also encountered a big stray dog that was aggressive.

This hike was gentle enough to go on with a child. Felt like a camp trail including intresting rock formations, trees, flowers and the river. Definately bring your fishing pole. Looked like there were some old buildings in town. will definately be back to explore those in the future!

walking
9 months ago

Perfect trail to take the kids, easy and short. A couple of great spots off the trail to sit and enjoy the river or jump in to cool off!

Good for littles.

The north side of the river is ok, but the loop around the south side is not at all pleasant. From Guy West Bridge to Howe Ave. it is only paved path with no shade, and no views of the river (only the sewage treatment plant). The section from Howe to Watt does have shade but is heavily populated by homeless people. It still doesn't afford the river views that the north part of the loop does unless you take one of the side dirt trails. But with all the people living in the bushes it's just too sketchy. I'd say just walk the American River trail.

Perfect for kids. Easy terrain. Interesting things to see and nice break in the middle at the river where you can sit under some shade and get your feet wet. I brought my 3 young kids and dog and had a great time. Bonus, there is a bathroom and garbage can in the parking lot.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy for the younger crowd!!!

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

This is a nice and easy trail that goes along the American River, looping around using a pedestrian bridge (Guy West Bridge) near the university, and a car bridge (Watt Ave. Bridge). It has partial/moderate shade so bring a hat and sunblock. The north side of the river is a little nicer, but I encountered wildlife on both sides as it was a quiet day on the trail on a very hot Friday midday in June. There are several places to access the river and cool off your feet. You can stay on the bike trail, or use the dirt/horse trail that runs alongside. There are bathrooms near the Howe Ave. Bridge and the Watt Ave. Bridge. There are also places to picnic on both sides of the river (about halfway between the bridges). There aren't really any views, but it was fun to see people floating down the river - it's fast this year from the late snowmelt.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nice trail. Watch out for ticks.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

love it

walking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Nice loop!

walking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Really great trail and amazing views! Definitely not wheelchair friendly in one area where the chinese rock formations were but otherwise we picked up the chair around ruts and tree roots. Lots of shade on the trail as well, and LOTS of poison oak. We also saw a very large rattlesnake of to the side of the trail. Very very nice and will walk/hike it again!

trail running
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is an excellent close to 5 mile loop trail. I usually park in La Riviera on the South Side of the American River near the Howe Avenue Bridge. It's easy to access the river trail. Run west towards the Guy West Bridge then crossover and follow the trail to the Watt Ave Bridge then cross back over. If you stick to the main trail there are dirt trails next to the main bike trail. There are a lot of Side trails you can hop on if you're feeling more adventurous. No traffic so need to stop and go, perfect for runners.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Fun trail just under a mile with part running parallel to the river.

walking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Super easy paved trail. There is more shade than I thought there would be.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

So the trail head is well hidden. No signs. The trail head is on the corner of La Riviera drive and Howe Ave. Flat trail. Well trafficked. Many bikers. I had my dog off leash, but others had theirs on leash. I liked the option to follow the trail on a levee section that isn't as shaded. I LOVED that u can take detours from the trail toward the river. It's not even far off the trail. The dogs loved that.

walking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Very nice easy loop. Great for any age, trail is well defined, nothing hard for small children. Some interesting rock formations and cool trees. A lot of poison oak right off the trail though. Easily avoidable but be aware if you have young ones that don't know what it is.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great hike loved it easy and fun.

walking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nice walk with a great stop at the river as a treat.

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