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Foresthill Divide Loop Trail

MODERATE 179 reviews

Foresthill Divide Loop Trail is a 10.7 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: 10.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,551 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers



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.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Overall it is moderately challenging. Some uphill with a bit of Rocky terrain. Though best part is the single track trail cutting across the fire road towards the back. Good flowy trail with a little bit of technicalities

23 days ago

Started early and there was plenty of shade as it got pretty warm. Good trainer watch out for the mountain bikers they cook on this trail

1 month ago

All you need is a good pair of trail shoes, not hiking boots. Did not see any bears and I was there from 9am-2pm. All I saw was a deer, a squirrel and butterflies. Trail was shaded off and on. Mostly mountain bikers on the trail. Mostly views of trees and meadows. I went through 1 1/2 liters of water, so I’d highly suggest a hiking pack with a water reservoir. I had to cross three highways during the whole loop, so if you don’t mind that then this is a good trail. It’s also 11 miles, not 10.7. Mosquitos were hardly present and I just went on July 7, 2019.

2 months ago

My oldest son is an avid hiker and took us hiking on the trail. It’s a moderate trail with lots of uphill/downhill terrain and beautiful views of the foothills and valley below. Some of the hills have a lot of loose dirt/rock so it can be a little slippery on the steeper uphill climbs - Same with the down hill. Some say you’re fine hiking in old tennis shoes but I would suggest wearing a pair of good hiking boots that support your ankle, so you don’t roll it on the downhills with loose rocks. We only got to compete about half the trail as the access trails to the river below were unfortunately closed for some reason and many of the side trails were blocked off due to “renovation”. However, it was a great hike and I had a wonderful Fathers Day hiking there with my family. We would definitely like to go back when they open back up access to the river.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Good trail, some short steep uphills followed by down hill, very fun loop recommend ,not the most Scenic but fun

3 months ago

It was a good trail to take once.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Riding through various ecosystems you’d see across the US and world. Beautiful views around every corner and climb. Great workout and great little kid bmx memories rushing in!

Practice backpack hike with grandson. A hot day but flowers in bloom. Quite hilly. No bikes today.

3 months ago

Great hike, I will recommend to take a left loop because to upcoming traffic and easy to pass by

4 months ago

Beautiful trail and fun hike. Only reason to take a star off is that trail is small and bikes take priority over hikers space wise. But all bikers were responsible and respectful entire trip! highly recommend!

7 months ago

Lots of ups and downs, mountain bikers, and trees. Still gorgeous and not too challenging

8 months ago

It seems like this might be mostly a bike trail - I only saw one other hiker to about 10 bikers. It was a beautiful rainy day hike!

mountain biking
9 months ago

I've been riding this trail since 1962

Monday, July 16, 2018

Still one of my favorites!! Tried some new trails this year and finally got back to this one for the first time this season! It's perfect for all fitness levels. I usually run it and feel safe doing so. The bikers are courteous and usually make their presence known! It is pretty much all brown now, but still lovely. Half sun and half shade. Some poison oak, but the trail is clean, clear and well marked!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Nice trail. Watch out for bikers.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Trail itself I’d consider moderate. I’d highly recommend if you want to hike, to NOT take this trail in the park. 99% of people on this trail are mountain bikers that will mow you down. So irritating every five minutes having to jump in bushes to accommodate them and even more difficult if you have a dog. If you’re a mountain biker, great trail for you. Just be considerate that people hike this and you can seriously injure them if you don’t call out your presence before hand.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

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!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Awesome first time hiking!

Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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!

Monday, April 10, 2017

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
Saturday, April 08, 2017

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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Liked the trail .

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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

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