Foresthill Divide Loop Trail

MODERATE 99 reviews

Foresthill Divide Loop Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Foresthill, 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
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1486 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

The trailhead is 3.7 miles from the center of the Foresthill Bridge on the Auburn/Foresthill Road. Google Earth wrongly labels the main "Foresthill Divide Trailhead"; it is really at 3856'33.24"N/12058'57.14"W This is the main trailhead with mile-marker zero.

4 months ago

Great hike! Some elevation changes that get your heart going, but nothing too crazy. Offers ample opportunity for rest between hills. Everything is brown now, but still lovely and serene. This is a shared trail with bikers, so be aware!

4 months ago

Awesome first time hiking!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike if you're looking to improve stamina or simply get some miles under your belt. But, as others have said... its a kinda boring hike, especially this time of year - the wildflowers have already had their time, you see the same trees, poison oak, etc. Hearing the somewhat-busy road during several points of the hike was less than desirable but overall a nice hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked. The trail is very clear and well maintained, but it's a boring hike with very little. scenery. A good portion of it has tree cover, but you'll see the same trail and trees for 11 miles. The trail also cross the road twice, and follows the road close enough to see and hear cars for a section of it. Given how well maintained it is you'll need to keep an eye and ear out for mountain bikers as well. It makes a good trail to get a workout, but there a plenty of other good trails if you're trying to find a more secluded hike in auburn/foresthill. I'd recommend one of the longer American Canyon Creek Falls routes with some additional time along the rive for a comparable trail

hiking
8 months ago

This is a really well maintained and easy to follow trail definitely more moderate than hard (no steep inclines, no scrambling over rocks, no stream crossings). More than anything it's just long. Great for spring when everything is lush and green and the wildflowers are blooming. But don't expect too many grand views or sweeping panoramas. This trail could have those things, but most of the time the great potential views are obstructed by dense vegetation so it's a little frustrating to walk the trial and know that great views are there, but just out of reach. This trail also weaves its way around the highway so there's long stretches of the trail where you'll be hearing highway noise. And speaking of the highway, this isn't totally apparent from just looking at the overview map, but you'll have to cross the highway (like actually run across the road dodging cars Frogger style) TWICE in order to complete the full loop. So if you're looking for nature immersion or to get away from it all this might not be the trail for you. Basically, do this trail of you want the exercise of a long solid day hike and don't mind running across highways or hearing cars or not having too many views. If you're looking for sightseeing or to be one with nature this ain't it.

9 months ago

Great trail! Good for a walk or a run. The trail is well groomed. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. A few muddy spots, but nothing crazy. I wouldn't call this a "hard" hike. There is some elevation change, but it's slow and gradual. The most difficult part would be the length. Watch out for bikers.

hiking
9 months ago

I highly enjoyed this trail. I highly recommend doing this trail in the spring as the wildflowers are abundant and the water is running. Nice views, and its a great interval workout. See my full review and hike here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hd_qX37mt4

hiking
9 months ago

Fun loop with lots of good views. It's a shared trail so you do have to deal with some downhill bikers. Seemed to drag on a bit at the end. We went counterclockwise on the trail. At Divers rest, about halfway, the trail was hard to pickup.

trail running
9 months ago

This is a fantastic trail run. Great single track pretty much the whole way. No major water crossings and the trail stays relatively dry even when it rains (good drainage) There are great hills that gradually increase (no extreme inclines/declines) but the hills are still challenging. My only negative is bike traffic.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a perfect Springtime hike - everything is green, there's water trickling in the streams and the flowers are abloom. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much in the heat and dull foliage of summer. Beware - poison oak is prolifically scattered throughout the entirety of the hike. The well maintained trail winds through lovely sections of manzanita, oaks and ferns with the occasional tree-filtered panorama and periodic sections of open meadow. There were several mountain bikers out, but everyone encountered was very courteous. There are sections of this trail that are in close proximity to a fairly heavily trafficked road. The noise is a bit of a distraction from the beauty, but I wouldn't skip the hike because of it.

Don't forget your parks pass or be prepared to pay the $10 day use fee.

10 months ago

Liked the trail .

hiking
10 months ago

great trail, beautiful scenery. crosses foresthill road a couple times though.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved this trail! It was nice to get out after several weeks of rain.. and the trail was beautifully kept. It's a great balance of hills, flat, and downhill terrain so it can work for all ages.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great 11 miler. Beautiful

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

go clockwise and you'll appreciate it. it has some very steep inclines. county vector control was out while we were hiking and showed us why you should put on deet before hiking. their is high probability of lime disease ticks. this is always a risk.
this is a good trail and some decent views. a great workout.

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

The trail was great!!! The longest hike I've done by far but not too difficult. The scenery was so pretty and the smells of all the different flowers was wonderful. There were more bikers than hikers...I'd like to try that next time. It was very helpful to have the gps tracking with the map...there were a couple times where I wasn't 100% certain which way to go and it really came in handy. I will be doing this trail again!

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

Lovely! I would go clockwise. We went counter clockwise and the climbs at the end were rough. This trail goes through pine ridges, oak meadows, and seasonal creeks. The meadows are beautiful and green this time of year. The poison oak was low, and the recent rain kept the dust down. A beautiful hike in the foothills.

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great workout good trail markers one of the better trails in the canyon , all the bikers and runners sharing the trail were friendly . I think going counter-clockwise is key for hiking

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Not great for hiking. Best for mountain biking.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Well maintained trail. We went right after a week of rain and there was a lot of mud and water running across the trail. All in all it was a good hike.

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