I would recommend parking near Matsui Park. You can then choose to run north through Discovery Park or head south and you'll reach Old Sac in less then a mile. Old Sac itself has asphalt, dirt, cobblestone streets and wooden deck. Relatively small area about 6 or 7 city blocks. Super duper crowded on weekends and midday weekdays. Light crowds early morning. If you run past Old Sac heading south you'll have an asphalt trail following the Sacramento River towards Land Park. Mostly sunny.

trail running
10 months ago

For context I started at capital mall Blvd and ran 3 miles north and then back Ina Sunday at 9am.

I really liked the trail and am surprised about the negative reviews from a few years ago. The downside was that for about a mile or less of the trail I was about 100 yards or less from the highway. But other than that the river front run was nice. I saw less than five homeless people or trail side tents so not sure if that is a different area. The road wasn't that congested - never more than 5 people around me and usually at least one person within view (if safety is a concern)

walking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Its a nice walk. Careful with the geese droppings they are everywhere!!!

Saturday, December 05, 2015

C'mon! It's not that bad. Yes there are homeless people, yes it's kind of dirty. It's a city! Don't go here expecting pristine wilderness, it's a 1000' from downtown. It's a beautiful area connecting discovery park with old sac. It's also quite busy (and safe!) on the weekends in the summer with joggers, bikers, etc.

hiking
Friday, July 18, 2014

What Aaron wrote is entirly true, this is a terriable area of the river. You should try further up toward fair oaks or Carmichael. Try the red brdige in old fair oaks. As a local i went there a lot to enjoy the river. It has bike trails that lead all the way to downtown.

walking
Sunday, October 06, 2013

walking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'd give this a negative star rating is that we're an option. The walk could have been ok if it weren't for the dozens and dozens of homeless people camped out at the lake doing drugs and drinking making the place stink. We tried going along side the trail and got a mouth full of exhaust the whole way back. DON'T GO HERE.