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River Canyon Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avery, California that features a river. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 1,597 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (56)
Photos (129)
Recordings (48)
Completed (84)
Jeremy David Johnson
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Hiking

Nice trail! Good conditions. Easy way down, much harder back up. I recommend also doing the Grove Overlook trail to end the loop.

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Mitch Sherry
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HikingGreat!

Great challenge coming back up. Only wish that the end of the downhill effort was a bit more private. There’s a road at the top of the last .2 mile section down, so you arrive at the river all beat and there’s not much space to share.

Bryan Solus
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Hiking

Great hike! Awesome views and challenging as well.

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Orest Oleshchuk
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Kimberly Ghaleb
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HikingBugsRocky

I definitely recommend this hike. Took about 2 hrs to hike it back. It was a challenge but manageable. It’s about 1200ft up the trail. So beautiful and worth every step.

John Thomson
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Hiking

Had a great hike today. Started at the visitor center because the park is only partially open. Trail was in good shape, looked like it had been maintained. much easier going in than coming out!!! LOL. Going in is all downhill.

R Cover
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Running

We went 3 miles along the trail for a fun trail run. It was great! Very few other hikers and beautiful weather!

James Clifton
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HikingBlowdown

This is a nice 8 mile hike. By no means rated as hard. It has great views, and I would definitely hike it again!!!

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Nic C
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Hiking

A very meh trail, despite the name it does not follow any river, just crosses a small creek and then ends at a parking lot right next to the river. The trail goes up and down quite a bit, and even though it doesn’t seem that hard it will slow you down. Nothing too particularly scenic.

Mitchell R.
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Hiking

Nothing overly splendid but decent hike.

Nusrat Molla
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Hiking

Really nice trail, didn't run into too many people once we got away from the area with all of the really big trees. The river is a lovely spot for lunch. I agree that this isn't really a hard hike, there are no difficult climbs. It's pretty shady. We ran into bears and a snake, so watch out for wildlife.

Melanie Allender
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HikingOver grown

Trail conditions were nice. It was hot but I knew that going in. It’s down hill all the way to the river so the uphill all the way back is killer. My only complaint about this trail is that you get all the way down to the river where the trail ends and there’s just one spot to view the river and it’s not even a very good view. To get to better views you have to walk through some overgrown brush and scramble up and over some rocks. It looks like at one time there was a trail that actually went along the river but it was overgrown and hard to find. But if you do it you are rewarded with some beautiful views of the river.

Terri Beam
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Hiking

Great hike-we started by 7:30 because of the heat and glad we did. It took 4 hours stopping for lunch at river. Lots of mosquitoes, so bring spray!!

Chris Segali
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HikingBlowdown

Awesome hike! At the time I went there was some trees blocking the trail, no problem though, there was always a way around.

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John Thompson
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Hiking

Not as hard as I expected. Yes, there are a lot of trees across the trail at this time, but it's more than an inconvenience than anything. The trail itself starts at the Scenic Overlook. There are restrooms and parking at the trailhead. But remember, this is a state park and it costs $10. to get in so bring cash. Once you park, the trail is wide and easy to follow. It's more of a walk through the forest than a real hike. It is a steady decline to the river and an incline back out but nothing treacherous. It's a good bit of exercise, true, but not to be feared.

Ida L.
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HikingMuddyScrambleSnow

This trail had so many fallen trees that we had to climb over, but it made the hike more fun because it was like a natural obstacle course. Continuous decline/flat going to the river, which means a killer incline on the way back. Worth it because the river was beautiful!

Anita L.
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Hiking

Well defined trail with many fallen trees; well-graded and felt moderate rather than “hard”. Some of the trail is not well-marked but generally it is. Unfortunately crosses the road at least 4 times which makes it seem a little less... off the beaten path. The river was beautiful with many spots to sit and eat.

Cole Milne
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Hiking
First to Review

Easy hike with beautiful views the entire way through.

Kevvy L.
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Lisa Powell
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Remy A.
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Pam Tsuruda
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Randy Lindvall
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Manny Guisa
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Joseph Carbajal
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Marla Fowler
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