Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
no shade
rocky
16 days ago

Good for trail running

running
2 months ago

The trail starts out very technical with rocks and a tough but runable climb. Good mix of rolling terrain from there w/ 30/70 covered vs exposed. Likely a GREAT winter trail but only runable at dawn during summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Always a nice comfortable walk down to the river. Can’t complain.

Decent bit tougher hills than darrington and views aren’t quite as nice. Still a lovely trail though. 2 rattlers seen

I have been going here since I was a kid. For me this is one of the hardest trails in the area. There is not a lot of shade and there is a decent amount of uphill starting from Salmon Falls. There is also a lot of poison oak here so be careful and wash with tecnu after you are done.

This trail started out great along the river and then veered off to different "loops". From the map, we thought we were following along the river, but it ended up going up and up with lots of rocky parts with little shade. We ended up coming back the way we came and then again thought we were on a "loop" based on the map, but ended up taking a longer route back to the parking lot. I had my dog and he got lots of little burrs between his toes.

On the connector trail there is a bridge crossing a small creek. On the bridge there are several wasp nests covered in wasps. They are nestled right under the rail and and unsuspecting person can easily run their hands right into them. BE careful!

hiking
3 months ago

A bit hot, so start early in the summer. Next time we will go counterclockwise for lake access towards the end. Took our lazy dog with 4 and 6 year old kiddos. They did great.

Smooth and easy for kids

Gotta love this hike with your friends, bring a nice lunch and lots of water , good times to be had on this one

Tons of fun for my wife and I. Beautiful scenery and plenty of shady areas. We aren’t avid hikers, but found this to be the perfect test for us.

hiking
closed
no shade
3 months ago

Barely any shade but it isn’t too difficult. Very disappointing when you get halfway through the hike and there is a sign that says the next portion of the trail is closed from Memorial Day to Labor Day! It would be very nice if there was any mention of that before you get halfway through the loop trail!

Was an awesome trail! There isn’t a lot of shade on the trail, but you can find some down by the river! Lots of grass on either side of the path, which is pretty maintained. Lots of horse poop. Watch out for snakes!

It's a pretty steep climb through rock gardens for a good 30 minutes, then it gets better. It's just an average trail, nothing special, still a pretty good workout if you ride to the movie set and back, about 2 hours.

l really liked this trail. we took up and down and looped back on long valley. which was under 5 miles. shade is sparse but you have a nice bit of the trail along the river. also there are bathrooms along the way which is always nice. there are picnic tables in several places. this trail is good for all activities and a great place for dogs, nice wide trails.

Honestly I was a little disappointed with this Trail. Skunk Hollow is essentially just the majority of the South Fork American River Trail & ends at a fork in the road (where West Ridge Trail meets South Fork ART). There was no signage that said skunk hollow except at the beginning of the trail in the parking lot. There were no mileage markers, showing how far you had come or how much further was left. We didn’t even realize we came to the end of the Skunk Hollow Trail and kept walking. When we checked the map we realized the end was simply a fork in the road. A little bummed that there was no finale, no site to see at the end, or even signage saying you finished that part of the trail. Overall the trail was enjoyable & had nice views of the lake. Rocky trail at times, also meanders through a nice grassy valley area. Trail is heavily trafficked by mountain bikes & runners. Watch out for mountain bikes!!! Many of the riders do not abide by the “fast speeds prohibited” rule & they will take you out!! We managed to do all of skunk hollow in a total of 4 hours & 45 minutes, including stopping for 45 mins for lunch at a picnic table (located about a mile or two before the Skunk Hollow trail end) & jogging all the downhill portions. Definitely would like to come back at attempt the entire trail.

hiking
bugs
muddy
no shade
5 months ago

I went a day after it rained so it was a little muddy, but I wore waterproof hiking boots so it wasn’t an issue. The West Ridge portion of the trail was very wide and good if you want to avoid the ticks and grass. The West Ravine part of the loop was very narrow and I had grass brushing my legs the whole time. I was wearing long pants which saved me and thankfully I only had to pull one tick off my dog. I met a couple of other friendly hikers and dogs and overall it was a very pleasant hike. Nothing too exciting, but a great jaunt to take your dog off leash. There was no signage at the trailhead indicating that dogs were required to be leashed—there was only a sign that said dogs needed to be controlled when within the vicinity of grazing livestock. Probably wouldn’t recommend on a hot and sunny day as the entire hike is exposed.

Beautiful views, snow capped Sierras in the distance, green, gold and purple rolling hills in the near views. It is an easy trail in terms of the path. Some short steep sections. Nice breeze helped the heat factor. About 86-88 when we finished. Not much shade so do not do it. on a hot windless day.

Beautiful trail with views over the meadows. Lots of wild flowers, butterflies, lizards, and birds throughout (and a baby gopher snake!). Relatively easy trail, mostly flat with a few slopes, but overall a very pleasant hike. I took an extra loop on the way back down the long valley trail and then back on hidden valley cutoff before heading back to the trailhead and it was worth the extra mileage.

I completed this trail last July. It was easy but there is little shade and the trail is very dusty. Not my favorite trail.

I completed this trail last July. It was easy but there is little shade and the trail is very dusty. Not my favorite trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy hike with the family. Found 4 rattlesnakes off trail minding their own business.

on Greenwood Creek

hiking
6 months ago

Nature at its best. Easy ride along the American River. At this time of the year (April) there are lots of flowers, butterflies and birds. Several access to the river. Half shaded and half in the sun. Loved it!

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