Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
20 hours ago

We took this clockwise and it started out shaded along the river then opened up into a grassy area. Nice shaded scenery along the river with secluded spots and the sun in the open space (yes there’s buildings/roads in view) so you get both. It’s a little confusing at an interchange in the “meadow” which is which trail so we looped back a couple times. I went on a nice NorCal winter day after it rained and it was beautiful.

Great views and incline on the way in, we only got a few hundred yards past the gate that marks the horse trail and turned back so ~2 hours total. The manzanita start to get more plentiful as you gain altitude and the trail smelled of sage! This is a good workout with your head down as you will need to step around the rocks. The mostly sun felt great in January, the chihuahua mix loved it and we saw a few other dogs on the trail.

Love that this trail follows the river. Some rocky spots and narrowing path, but a great walk with kids and dog. many friendly people.

Great trail, especially considering the proximity to the city. From the parking area out to the cabin at Cronan Ranch took us just under 3 hours at a quick pace - there's not a lot of elevation change along the bulk of it.

great trail with lots of scenery, a little busy on weekends for good reason. it's mostly old ranch roads with just a little single track

we had our dog with us, as did half the people we came across, nice tree lined trail beautiful water spots along the river .

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!

easy hike. lots of shade, so would be great for summer time. the only downside is your either looking at dirt or trees, not the best views. but still worth checking out

This hike had wonderful views.

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

Took the family on this trail. We didn’t do the whole thing, but of what we did hike, it was relatively easy. We went in December. The weather was nice. You can hear and see the river in some spots. There was some others hiking, walking their dogs, or jogging the trail. I’ll definitely do this one again, but perhaps try the whole thing.

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Appropriately rated, took my three children, youngest is 6 and they got through it just fine. Might just be me, but hard to navigate trails with out using the app. I had limited service (as I like it) so just kept going in a loop hoping it was the right one...

Very nice hike. We started at the equestrian parking and went left, the stayed left down to the river. Following that trail hooks you back up with the Gerle loop. It is a bit shorter but so nice walking along the river. We went mid day and it was warm but nice amounts of shade kept it comfortable. Decent little hill towards the end to get your heart rate up a bit but still a nice easy hike. We are looking forward to returning and doing more of the trails here.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great hike with pups and infant in the backpack! We took the outer trail Greenwood, it was closer to the river and the dogs could get in for a dip and drink along the way. Magnolia trailhead is the name of the parking- you are in the right place.
We only saw a couple people and there were horses(allowed on gerle trail) in the parking lot but not allowed on greenwood trail apparently as the sign states. Really pretty views and a great fall day.

Love this trail for horseback riding and hiking. Has been getting busier on the weekends with cars in the horse trailer parking.

Went for a trail run, weather was warm, trail was perfect. There are bathrooms at the parking area and down by the river. All very clean, nice to have. Down by the water and a couple of places along the trail there are shaded sitting benches and even some picnic benches.

I really enjoyed this trail, took a side trip to the river, so beautiful and peaceful. There is allot of full sun, but also wooded areas to walk through. I used my All Trails Pro to navigate since the service was spotty, will go again to explore more.

Very little shade 90% of the way. The lower valley trail is so much nicer than the new upper loop. It’s easy to get lost on the way back as it’s not clearly marked- you can follow the trail one way and turn it into a 15 mile hike instead of turning around and going back to the trailhead. There are some neat features like an abandon movie set and a nice picnic area where the American River is. We saw a lot of people rafting which was entertaining. River much too fast to swim anywhere near there.

There was almost no shade, however the trail was well maintained, wide, and had signage. Not very busy (prbly because it was hot). There was a good amount of elevation, about 1500 ft ea way for out and back. Only a small creek along the route and ends at the American river where there is a rapid and fast moving water. We had our dogs and weren't able to let them swim due to rafters and danger of the rapids.Just over 6 miles roundtrip. It was a good workout but not ideal with dogs and on a hot day.

Great trail, easy enough for kids. My twin 6 year old boys made it all 5 miles in and out. Not much shade so dress light in summer and bring plenty of water. Only saw one other human on the trails.

hiking
4 months ago

great hike or run in the spring. usually a good wildflower display. parking can be difficult on popular weekends

We parked at the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park. Free parking - Yaye!

We did the whole 12mi hike - it was definitely an intermediate hike. We started at the West Ridge Trail and took West Ravine Trail on the way back (easier path).

Beware: No shade!!! (We run out of water because it was just so hot today -9/1/18. I should’ve brought more water.) We was a lot of horse poop and a baby snake.

The West Ridge Trail leads you to the river where you can see Satan’s Cesspool. There’s no shade there too so it was difficult for my group to eat together.

Overall, it’s a decent hike. I think this is a great trail for spring time.

Really enjoyed this hike. Lots of variations in terrain and options for trails. A beautiful breeze coming off the river almost the whole hike. It gets really hot and a lot of the trail is not shaded - so even if you get an early start it is probably better for a fall/winter hike. Bring plenty of water. Lots of poison oak in parts. Trail is also used by horses and mountain bikers so you need to be on the lookout.

So i love this trail!!! i have just about done the whole thing but i must tell you as an advocate for Mountain Lion's, they are here! I have found it's den and numerous deer kills within a month in the same spot. I know we are all aware they are there , but i can tell you first hand that they are. This trail can be very hot so come prepared if doing it in the summer. i think the views and change of scenery after each 2nd mile is really neat. I would rate it as moderate but not too strenuous. It's so worth it as the trail goes on forever! Good Luck

Signage could be better. From the parking lot, go left on the trail to do the loop that way if you are unfamiliar. it is easier to not take a wrong turn that way.

It has a few nice views, and for a stretch you can hear the river, which is nice. The trail never approaches the river, so don't count on that.

Well maintained, this loop trail has minimal elevation change, and you could do laps on it if you want.

Love going up the trail

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