River of Skulls Trail

EASY 17 reviews

River of Skulls Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Valley Springs, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.9 miles
88 feet

kid friendly



trail running




wild flowers



no dogs

12 days ago

Great lil Sunday stroll.

Nice easy trail for the kids.

8 months ago

The walk along the river lacked station markers but it was overall a great walk for myself and kids.

9 months ago

Nice short, shaded trail. It's maintained with rocked in trail edges. Good for an afternoon stroll.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

nice trail but short. good place to spend some time at the water, fishing, birding, etc.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's an easy trail for people with kids and beautiful once you get down by the water

Sunday, October 09, 2016

it's good...maybe in the spring it would be better. I tried to record my hike but it didn't work...oh well, I'll try again another day.

trail running
Monday, August 29, 2016

Great little route. Ran it each direction.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Nice drive and Beautiful but super easy and short hike. Nice romantic little stroll then go have some lunch by Lake Hogan

Friday, November 06, 2015

4 stars for scenery and variety. Short, mostly shaded walk with a slight climb, though the section along the river has lots of cobble. Lots of birds; without trying we saw mountain bluebird, savannah sparrow, wild turkey, scrub jay, red-tailed hawk, and black-headed vultures. And the drive to the trailhead, if you take Hogan Dam Road, has great views. Good walk for children and/or winter keeping in shape.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Took a short hike with my family and this is a very easy hike for all levels. It starts with a small climb and finishes along the banks of the Calaveras river just below the New Hogan dam. Note: this trail in located in Valley Springs off of Silver Rapids not in Farmington like the app states.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

This was my first official hike that I've done a review for. Recently I've been looking for trails to explore because I am an amateur photographer with interests in wildlife settings, flora, and fauna. Driving around New Hogan Lake I accidentally came upon this trail and decided to check it out. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and knew little to no information on the trail due to the empty brochure box. While it was a short and enjoyable walk, clean open trails and absent of any other hikers, I came upon a recently dead deer carcass that was most likely eaten by a local mountain lion. The water was cold and low, but heard quite a bit of frogs and lots of birds all around. I will plan on visiting this trail on another day, perhaps later in the year when flowers are blooming and the water is much higher.

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