Guy West Bridge to Watt Avenue Bridge

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American River Parkway

Guy West Bridge to Watt Avenue Bridge is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sacramento, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.7 miElevation gain137 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyFishingMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyPavedRiverViewsWildlife
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This is a nice paved trail along the river with some nice views from the bridges. Accessibility: The trail has a smooth paved surface and is typically at least eight feet wide. There are offshoot dirt trails that may be narrower and steeper. It is estimated to be mostly gentle, all 6% or less.

There are water fountains along the trail and restrooms by Watt Avenue.

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Karina KC
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Road bikingGreat!

Beautiful paved trail! Great for biking. Lots of shade and nice scenery. Enough people around so it doesn’t feel lonely but not congested.

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Mr. G.
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This trail was pretty much as described: a loop next to a river. If you are looking for a long walk in the park, this is it. If you are looking for a beautiful hiking trail, this ain’t the one. Pros: fully paved (if you’re into that sort of thing) above; partially paved/dirt road if you stay close to the river below. The river trail is mostly shaded. The fully paved trail is fine if you don’t mind turning into a raisin; there is no shade whatsoever. Both options are close to the river all the way around, which is pleasant. There are some wildflowers along the way. Cons: Mixed use for bikers and pedestrians. Pedestrians are second class (must move to shoulder when possible). Even on a weekday, there was a multitude of bikers, making it difficult to enjoy the experience. Personally, I think the upper trail should be for bikers only and the lower trail for walkers/runners. Conclusion: This is NOT a hike. It is a walk. There are no hills or mountains, and as it is in the middle of a busy city, it is going to be congested all the time. For me at least, the best part of this trail was when it was over.

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Jessica kovalinskiy
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Sandy Chang
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Hiking

Friendly nice paved trail for walking, biking, etc. beautiful wind and beautiful scenery.

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Elizabeth McKee
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Great!

Trail fine. Solved GPS problem by rebooting.

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Lindsay Brown
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Hiking

I highly recommend this walk! There were quite a lot of walkers, runners and bikers but the wide path made it easy to get out of people’s way. A nice mix of sunny and shady spots along the path. My boyfriend and I parked at Sac State parking garage by alumni grove and paid $4.00 for 2 hours. We completed the full walk in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

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caitlin flatt
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Hiking

very nice trail. under Howe there's some camps but they're friendly people. Met two dogs that seemed to be unattended , so sweet! Very nice round trip though! our first!

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Christopher Sutterley
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Mountain biking
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Bob Williamson
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful from start to finish. Must hike for CSUS students.

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Randall Taylor
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Hiking

Lots of people out on a Sunday. Pretty nice walk overall.

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Sara Barba
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HikingGreat!

Nice Trail. Very busy, with joggers and bikers.

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Joshua Whitcomb
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Running

Maskless Cyclists Most people on this trail don’t wear masks BUT social distance. The only people to stay away from are the cyclists because they actively break social distancing guidelines, most are maskless, and speed alongside you sometimes 3ft to a foot away. A few groups will even stop at the end points of Guy West Bridge, forcing others to squeeze past them to get by. They haven’t changed much since quarantine was enforced.

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Mario Beltran
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A bit busy, and quite a few not wearing masks. Homeless tents are up along the shore, unfortunate circumstances but the people we encountered were courteous. Otherwise nice trail, recommend taking the dirt trails to make it more interesting.

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Allison Kneubuhl
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Hiking

So so. Not that scenic.

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Mark Boyko
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Hiking
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mimi payton
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Hiking
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Elizabeth Gress
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Walking
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Mari Villa
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Walking

worth getting off the bike path. tread lightly when passing by the encampments of homeless brethren. you might see quail. note: do not set your navigation to direct you to the recorded starting point. that is in an apartment complex and gate not guaranteed to be open. from the freeway, after taking the right turn to river access road, go straight to the regional parking lot.

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Asha N. King
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HikingGreat!

I’m new to hiking. I enjoyed this trail. Very clean

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Analisa Quintero
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Hiking

Really nice trail. Recommend wearing a mask, most of those I saw out were not.

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Prabesh Joshi
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Crystina Arreola
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Hiking

Great trail to walk but avoid large groups.

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george pina
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Hiking

Awesome trail, little sight seeing from the 2 bridges when you cross the American river, little traffic with bikers but it was enjoyable trail.

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Kim Powers
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Hiking

Walkers and runners need to be aware they must walk on the left side of the bike trail and walk off the pavement whenever possible.

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Jackie Grado
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Hiking

Good trail lots of bike riders

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Volk Ohagu
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Hiking

Heavy traffic, trail keeps connecting to main road where people run and bike. A lot of homeless sites, very dirty trail. Better for bicycle rides.

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Christa Shaw
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Hiking

It was very nice... a nice large loop with fantastic scenery

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Bike Racer John
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Road bikingGreat!

Awesome trails for cyclists. The only downside are the pedestrians who don’t understand they should walk on the left side of the trail so they can make eye contact with oncoming cyclists to avoid unnecessary accidents (even though such directions are painted all over the trail). And pedestrians who walk down the middle of a heavily used BIKE trail and wonder why cyclists yell out warnings to them.

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Walked about 1/4 Mile from the Howe entrance and ran into a pack of stray dogs..... Two pit mixes and a large German Shepard. The large one ran towards my dog (a Morkie) so I picked him up and yelled and stomped at the dog.... He slowed down and then they ran into the woods. This path has been taken over by the homeless population and is not safe.

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Rachel Marie
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