Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trail

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Sacramento Northern Bikeway Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 111 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

forest

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

road biking
5 months ago

I biked this trail and loved it. I live in midtown and it’s so convenient to access. Yes there’s homeless camps, but nobody will bother you if you don’t bother them. Everyone needs to get over that. They are living their lives the best they can. Enjoy the beauty of everything else. Say good morning. Be a nice human. About 4 miles in it gets gorgeous, lots of open space and you see tons of lil neighborhoods and then fields and the town of Rio Linda. I rode the whole thing out and back in about 1:20. Will def do again!

hiking
Thu Apr 12 2018

Could be a great potential place to hike someday but it has turned into a large homeless encampment. Lots of trash in and around “campsites ”. Sad to see. It makes it a dangerous place for people walking by yourself. It also takes away the peace and joy of being out in nature when your heart is breaking for all those forced to live in tents and cardboard shelters. Will not go back to hike this trail again. This is not a good hiking trail but is okay for those on bikes.

road biking
Wed Jan 31 2018

Flat with some baby rollers. Beautifully paved car-free bike trail with runnable dirt alongside. I’ve been riding and running along the River trail for almost 15 years now. Unfortunately I can’t recommend anything north of Guy West Bridge at Sac State anymore. It’s just not safe, particularly if you’re a cautious solo female. Such a shame.

road biking
Sat Dec 30 2017

Car free and a good surface for road bikes. Even in fall with all the leaf litter skinny wheels were totally fine. Trail crosses numerous roads and cars were very courteous.

mountain biking
Sat Dec 22 2012

This is probably the straightest, and most level, bike trail in the Sacramento area. It follows the old Sacramento Northern Electric Railroad bed from downtown Sacramento, through the farming community of Rio Linda, and ends at the junction of Rio Linda Blvd and Elverta Rd; some 10 miles to the North. The trail leads through some of the more economically depressed areas of Sacramento, but I've always found it a good solo bike ride. If your not so adventurous, you might want to share the experience with a friend.

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