East Ridge and Long Valley Trail Loop

MODERATE 117 reviews

East Ridge and Long Valley Trail Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pilot Hill, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 515 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


Take State Route 49 from Auburn and drive about 10 1/2 miles east down to the middle fork of the American River, up through the community of Cool, then drive another six miles to the Pedro Hill Road intersection, turn right to the parking lot.

8 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Just hiked Cronan Ranch today and although it was beautiful and we were having a great time, our dog got bit by a baby rattlesnake. Thankfully, we were only about 1/2 mile from the parking lot, so we were able to get him to the car and to the vet quickly. The rattlesnake was just about a quarter mile up Down & Up Trail from Cronan Ranch Rd. Trail. We stopped under a beautiful tree where there is a bench and started eating lunch. The rattlesnake was in the rocks right next to the bench where there is a memorial with a flower. Be careful!

2 months ago

Great hike for kids! Lots of alternative trials to choose from.

Beautiful and amazing Loved it

2 months ago

Enjoyed this dog-friendly, beautiful trail. Plenty of shade and opportunities to stop by the river. Great vistas up high. Not crowded. California poppies were blooming. :)

There are at least 8 restrooms on the trail so pretty overkill. When you industrialize a trail you also bring more people. When you bring more people you bring more assholes.

5 months ago

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!

6 months ago

beautiful location, free parking, overall a great hike

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Very nice groomed trail, river is nice and able to swim in

Monday, May 14, 2018

Not sure why this was rated as a hard trail, pretty level and easy hike and great swimming spot if you venture down to the river , however did not get 5 starts because two reasons. First it was very dusty my shoes were super dirty at the end mostly due to all the construction they have been doing on the road across and on the older buildings. I’ll definitely be back when they Finish the construction

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fantastic little trail. Big open spaces, rolling hills, river access, great spots for a picnic with a view. Definitely an easy trail for two adults who are relatively fit. Did it in about 1.5 hours with stopping and short picnic. Did this at the end of December, no mud, no blazing sun.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

not sure why this is rated as 'hard'...it was actually more like 'easy'. Wide well kept dirt roads for trails, could tread with running shoes. Only saw one other person (I went Wednesday late afternoon in November) who also had their dog. Lots of horse poop, but there are nice bathrooms (sans water) at the trailhead and where the trail meets the river.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Easy hike for Sunday walk. Started from Cronan Ranch Trailhead to West Ridge Trail, headed to American River picnic area. Continued the hike via West Ravine Trail, with total of 6.8 miles. Nice view of hills and beware of shits on the trail. Overall, the trails have sign boards and map that easily to follow. It's open trail, need hat or umbrella on the hot day.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Fun hike to the river (which has tons of tables and seating). The trail is mostly sunny, hot and dusty with horses but very quiet! This was a relatively easy hike other than the heat.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Just as other said . Watch out for rattlers ! Beautiful hike !

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Moderate would be a better rating, but it was a beautiful day out and the River is moving well this year. A nice loop!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful, lots of wildlife, river access & lots of free parking. BRING SUNSCREEN - got very sunburnt even though it was not hot. Not a lot of shade.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ok. Trial was pretty but not sure who rates the difficulty because it was not hard at all. It was borderline Easy-Moderate. Was excited for the challenge but ending up being lack luster.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Love this trail. It's a beautiful walk in and a pretty strenuous hike out !!!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

I would recommend this trail during spring or maybe autumn. Here is my summer afternoon experience: - First leg (from trail head to river access). No shade - except for a handful of trees. The scenery is a bit lackluster unless you are able to appreciate the dry golden hills in high temperatures. Don't get me wrong, I love to sink into calm, less dramatic scenery, but this time I did not want to pause a lot in the heat. - Second leg (along the river). The river is accessible almost all along this section. So you can chose your own spot. There are a couple of wider beach-like places with benches, toilets. The canvas/tarp shade above some of the bench tables is a nice thought. I can't say a lot about swimming, I wasn't prepared for that, but it was nice to walk in the water and cool down. The current seemed to be pretty fast for a summer. Be aware of rattlesnakes, I spotted one at the first place where I wanted to go in the water. It was coming from the water, luckily it paused in the middle of the path, so I could react in time. - Third leg (from river to trail's end). We took the Long Valley Trail here, not the one marked with red on the map here, that I believe is Cronan Ranch road.) This was the most rewarding part. By then the sun already sunk under the hills to the west and the vegetation, due to the seasonal stream, was much more diverse. The birds and bees also came back to life, which added to the atmosphere. Unfortunately I had to star-rate it to submit my review. I did not want to, because it is a bit unfair based only on a high heat summer afternoon. I'm sure a walk during springtime makes it deserve the average 4 stars that the trail got. As for difficulty: easy. Not ADA, but I think the pitches are a bit overrated.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great walk. I wouldn't call it moderate. The river was great. New bathrooms down by the roger are nice to have.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beautiful well marked trail. Lots of wild flowers and everything is still green. Good trail for beginners as well as seasoned hikers. Not a lot of shade so might be a bit too hot in another month unless you get out there early.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Great trail! Went two weekends ago when it was sunny with a slight breeze. While there are trees and shade along the way the majority of the trail is exposed so sunscreen and/or a hat is definitely a good idea. A couple of nice spots to stop and eat lunch as well. Saw a few snakes along the way including one rattlesnake so definitely stay alert and be smart! There are plenty of opportunities to bird watch and some lovely wildflowers as well. My favorite part about this trail was how empty it was, even on a Saturday afternoon. I arrived around 12pm and explored the different trails for a few hours, will definitely be back to explore some more.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Such a beautiful hike! The views were incredible! Make sure to bring a hat and plenty of water. My only regret is not starting earlier in the morning before he heat set in.

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