American Canyon Trail Loop

HARD 63 reviews

American Canyon Trail Loop is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

washed out

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hiking
14 days ago

Did this on Mothers Day. Enjoyed how lightly trafficked this trail was. In over 8miles we saw 7 people. Glad we chose the direction we did avoid climbing up the steep portion. Beware there is a ton of poison oak. I would suggest to wear long pants. I didn't but worked hard to dodge all the growth. Some parts of the trail was narrow too. Be prepared with bug spray, sunglasses, hat and plenty of water and snacks.
The trails on this app lead us off track a few times. Switching back and forth to the satellite view helped. Overall, great hike. Definitely on the more challenging side.

hiking
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hiking
16 days ago

Great hike. Nice trail. Interesting scenery and creeks to cross. But the poison oak..,

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28 days ago

This is a hard trail but so pretty lots to see. Many other trails branch off this one and all of them well marked plenty of cover from the sun. Very steep up hill and down hill elevation changes. Take this trail counter clockwise I think it will be an easier hike. Along the Middle Fork A.R. there is plenty of beach and pools to swim in (also up the water fall). Newts are every where be careful not to step on them!

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1 month ago

Difficult trail because of the slippery/muddy terrain. Definitely gives you a good workout! Beautiful scenery, water falls, lush greens, butterflies, wild flowers... enjoyable hike! My only complaint is the lack of trail signs. I don't think we would've figured it out without using the All Trails app. Perhaps it was because of blocked paths from the recent storms.

hiking
1 month ago

A lot of trail options with good signs. The trail is mostly shaded and there are a lot of beautiful creeks along the way. Watch out for poison oak but regardless it's worth your time. If you're looking for a good incline, this is the place. Look for the Orange belly newts in the creeks. They are all over the place!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the loop as shown (counter clockwise) with my husband and 9 year old daughter. Nice easy downhill, took the poverty bar trail which was an easy .5 mile hike off the main trail to the river. It's very rocky and the water was rushing hard however we were able to find a small pool of water to dip our feet. It was definitely worth the detour. Once we were back on the main trail it got a little confusing where the loop continued. We were able to figure out where we were only by using this app and it definitely was a steep incline, it even stated on the sign "steep" . It was about a mile straight up and the trail was pretty beat up by the water run off caused by recent storms. Once we were up the steep hill we were able to find a little river crossing to have lunch and there were lots of salamanders and places to dip your feet in the creek. We finished the rest of the trail using the Robie trail heading back towards the third gate, which also got a little confusing finding and relied on the app to get us back on track, the rest of the hike was a nice easy flat hike until the last hill back up to the car. Overall it was a very nice hike however without my phone we would have made wrong turns because of the lack of signage for this particular loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Went in late March right after a rain storm so there was a lot of water crossings that either might not be there in the summer or much easier to cross. Overall great scenery with some good challenging uphill climbs. Beware that the steep uphill section has become eroded from rain flowing down it which makes it more challenging to climb without very good footing. Because of the high creeks we did have to take our shoes off and walk across the creek (no rocks to jump between) but it turned out to be refreshing. I would not recommend this hike to any first timers but if you've done a few hikes with decent elevation gain and distance you won't find it too hard.

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