Gerle Loop Trail

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Gerle Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Pilot Hill, California that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2 months ago

Signage could be better. From the parking lot, go left on the trail to do the loop that way if you are unfamiliar. it is easier to not take a wrong turn that way.

It has a few nice views, and for a stretch you can hear the river, which is nice. The trail never approaches the river, so don't count on that.

Well maintained, this loop trail has minimal elevation change, and you could do laps on it if you want.

4 months ago

easy trail with river and stream access off of the loop

4 months ago

The signs were quite confusing but otherwise a really great trail

hiking
5 months ago

We walked the short 2.6 mile loop in early May with a toddler, and a baby in a backpack. The trail is smooth and fairly level, great for little feet--a few rocks that tripped her up but nothing serious, and no scary drop-offs or dangerous cracks. Quite a bit of poison oak but hey, welcome to the foothills...! The trail is partially shaded, which made it wonderful in the Spring and probably tolerable in the summer, and there are several great places for a swim, and quite a few nice views along the route; there's even a toilet half way round, which is rather civilized!

The map only shows one loop, but there's an outer loop that runs closer to the river. To find it, turn left instead of right at the first fork in the trail (0.3 miles clockwise from the main Magnolia trailhead), it will take you down to a kayak put-in spot, and will join back up with the Gerle loop after a while.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun super easy trail, free parking.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike for all! Easy access and free parking.

hiking
6 months ago

Great little hike to gauge your difficulty level. we started on the Gerle Loop but switch over to the other loop (Greenwood I believe?) which seems to mirror Gerle except it's down closer to the water and offers a variety of terrain which made it pretty interesting. we had a combination of trekkers with us, so it kept it interesting for those more comfortable while challenging the beginners a little more but not pushing too much at all. Great views of the river, pretty flowers and butterflies.. definitely will go back when wanting a nice easy trip. dog loved it also. Oh, and don't be thrown off when you pull in to the parking lot as it says Magnolia trail head.. you're at the right spot!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy hike. Lots of dogs, many off leash wandering so just be aware. Would definitely come back!

Monday, August 14, 2017

This is 4.4 miles as per my tracker. Not the 2.5 miles listed. Easy hike though. Very nice.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

This trail does not go down to the water! Since the picture that is posted of the trail on this site is of the river I thought it would go down to it, but it never did. Brought my kids on a hot day thinking we could jump into the river to cool off.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

beautiful weather today, shade most of the trail. watch out for poison oak! there is a lot of it on the trail.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

A nice trail with great views of the river. Would go on it again!

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Beautiful. Good for my kids ages 4 and 8. Well groomed. Lots of poison oak in shade. Will definitely be back.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Scenic and shaded. Shorter hike with a little elevation change. Quiet and uncrowded. Nice river access towards the end. My dog went off leash and had a grand time.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A lovely little trail. It was an easy hike for my mixed company of novices. The dogs loved it. The scenery was pretty in April and the river stop was a great spot to relax before heading back to the car.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beautiful, totally recommend it!

walking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful trail and scenery.
Easy enough for kids to enjoy as well.

Took my dog with me and he loved it.

Saw many people biking and horse riding.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Very easy trail! some awesome views of the American River!

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Beautiful trail, nice people, distant view of the roaring American river.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

Most of the trail is shaded, while walking through the oaks and overlooking the SF American River in places. Magnolia Ranch is one of those wonderful places where the trees, river, and hills also accompany some great trails. Gerle Loop has minimal elevation changes making it great for all skill levels.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Great trail to show someone what Mountain biking is about. Trail is easy enough for anyone. Also good running trail. You might see some horses on the trail also.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Easy, nice trail, sometimes a long the river, mostly in shade, good for dogs too.

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