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Skunk Hallow via South Fork American River Trail

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Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park

Skunk Hallow via South Fork American River Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Dorado Hills, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 12.3 mi Elevation gain 2,034 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

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Skunk Hallow South Fork American River Trail

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Reviews (141)
Photos (205)
Recordings (126)
Completed (223)
Fred Apolinar
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Hiking
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Natalie Monroe
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Hiking

Great trail! Red dirt, it’s hot, not a lot of shade, so go early. Runners, and mountain bikers, they were very polite and friendly! Lots of rocks be careful of tripping! Can’t wait to do it again! After some exercise go and dip your toe in the beautiful water!!!

Kalavathi Chandraiah
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HikingRocky

It’s a rocky, muddy and not a shaded trail. Loved the hike!! You could park near the bridge for free and walk to the trail.

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Jen Barbaria
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HikingFeeRocky

this was a great hike we did with our dog. we only went 1.5miles up then back down. the mile or so is a decent climb up. there wasn't much shade until the last .5 mile. there was a good amount of mountain bikes but they were kind and there was room for us to move to let them pass. I didn't see any rattle snakes or poison oak. also the parking lot was open with a $10 fee. there was constant road noise but that didn't bother us.

Melissa Campbell
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hot not much shade and I saw a couple rattle snakes. overall good long healthy hike.

Megan Kohl
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I’m sure weather makes all the difference but this trail was hot hot hot! Overall very beautiful. Beginning of the trail was open with very limited shade but back half was through rolling hills with plenty of shade and access down to the river. It was lovely! Overall would do again on a cooler day.

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Judy Benson
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Ali P
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(No parking in lots at this time. Only street parking is available). Perfect hike for all skill levels! Starts out with a pretty decent climb, but quickly eases up into a mostly flat and very clearly distinguished trail. The scenery is absolutely beautiful with ample shade. There are definitely bikers, but they were exceedingly respectful. The hike eventually gets ya to some river access, but it took us just over 2 hours to get to it. Our hike was a blend of jogging, walking and a stop here or there to enjoy the scenery for a minute. We went out and back for a total for 5 hours at just over 12 miles with a little break chilling by the river. No poison oak, no snakes and no sunburn, yet :). First time and will definitely be back!

Ying-Ying Hsu
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HikingRocky

Beautiful day with flowers aplenty and butterflies everywhere. Nice moderate hike along the South Fork of American River. Lot of bikers on the trail. Otherwise, nice hiking trail. Becareful of the poison oaks along side of the trail.

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Garrett Otto
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John P.
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Mountain biking

Good climb on rocky switchbacks after the bridge in the beginning. Then some more rocky ups and downs leading to beautiful singletrack through the oaks. Good workout. Be careful with your speed on some of the rocky sections to avoid issues. Watch for hikers and horses (later on the trail) on busy days. Love the ride.

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Jay Walnut
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No shade

After the first quarter mile youll encounter some switch back and elevation gain for about 1 miles. Beautiful trail run. Which I had more time to hike the entire trail. Will come back. My favorite in the area so far.

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Herper Dude
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HikingRocky

Decent bit tougher hills than darrington and views aren’t quite as nice. Still a lovely trail though. 2 rattlers seen

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John Isberner
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Hiking

I have been going here since I was a kid. For me this is one of the hardest trails in the area. There is not a lot of shade and there is a decent amount of uphill starting from Salmon Falls. There is also a lot of poison oak here so be careful and wash with tecnu after you are done.

Didier Salem
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Mountain biking

It's a pretty steep climb through rock gardens for a good 30 minutes, then it gets better. It's just an average trail, nothing special, still a pretty good workout if you ride to the movie set and back, about 2 hours.

Ash A
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HikingRocky

Honestly I was a little disappointed with this Trail. Skunk Hollow is essentially just the majority of the South Fork American River Trail & ends at a fork in the road (where West Ridge Trail meets South Fork ART). There was no signage that said skunk hollow except at the beginning of the trail in the parking lot. There were no mileage markers, showing how far you had come or how much further was left. We didn’t even realize we came to the end of the Skunk Hollow Trail and kept walking. When we checked the map we realized the end was simply a fork in the road. A little bummed that there was no finale, no site to see at the end, or even signage saying you finished that part of the trail. Overall the trail was enjoyable & had nice views of the lake. Rocky trail at times, also meanders through a nice grassy valley area. Trail is heavily trafficked by mountain bikes & runners. Watch out for mountain bikes!!! Many of the riders do not abide by the “fast speeds prohibited” rule & they will take you out!! We managed to do all of skunk hollow in a total of 4 hours & 45 minutes, including stopping for 45 mins for lunch at a picnic table (located about a mile or two before the Skunk Hollow trail end) & jogging all the downhill portions. Definitely would like to come back at attempt the entire trail.

Zoe Mitchell
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Hiking

The trail app will take you to the wrong parking lot! Drove across the bridge and park in the lot straight to the right. Great hike, beginning is unshaded and steep but it climbs down into a shaded forest for a few miles before back out for the remainder of the trail.

Katie M.
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Hiking

Nice trail. Some wet sections but not muddy, it rained hard earlier in the week so I was surprised how nice it was. Peaceful and quiet

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Jane B.
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Hiking

Had a great hike in February, 47 degrees, day after rain. It was wet with puddles and mud in some places but overall good and dry. Rocky in places, so hiking boots best. Views of the river at the start then hills and trees and sky....so pretty and quiet. Mostly shaded but some open areas. Saw only 1 mountain biker. Part of it is a horse trail also so share the trail. The directions on the app took us to the trailhead for Sweetwater Trail but we looked at the map and crossed the highway and down a little to the parking lot and trailhead for this (so drive across the bridge and the lot is on your right clearly marked). $10 for parking day use and restrooms. We went 4 miles and turned around, so 8 miles and 3 hours total.

Steph Durkacz
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Hiking

Nice trail, we hiked it in January when the temps were great. Mountain bikers were out and also other hikers. Nice views and decent little elevation gain. We did not hike the whole way, probably a little over half in total but still worth the drive from Sac.

AJ D.
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Hiking

Great views and incline on the way in, we only got a few hundred yards past the gate that marks the horse trail and turned back so ~2 hours total. The manzanita start to get more plentiful as you gain altitude and the trail smelled of sage! This is a good workout with your head down as you will need to step around the rocks. The mostly sun felt great in January, the chihuahua mix loved it and we saw a few other dogs on the trail.

Matt Belben
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Hiking

Great trail, especially considering the proximity to the city. From the parking area out to the cabin at Cronan Ranch took us just under 3 hours at a quick pace - there's not a lot of elevation change along the bulk of it.

April Menegazzi
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So i love this trail!!! i have just about done the whole thing but i must tell you as an advocate for Mountain Lion's, they are here! I have found it's den and numerous deer kills within a month in the same spot. I know we are all aware they are there , but i can tell you first hand that they are. This trail can be very hot so come prepared if doing it in the summer. i think the views and change of scenery after each 2nd mile is really neat. I would rate it as moderate but not too strenuous. It's so worth it as the trail goes on forever! Good Luck

A R
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It was ok- there are a lot of rocks on this trail which are hard on the knees, and you only see the river view for a very small portion of it. The scenery is pretty boring otherwise. It’s a lot of up and down, which is a good workout, but I don’t think I would do this trail again. Also, the directions from this app took me to a different trail (Sweetwater). I found this trail by chance when I was heading up to Auburn and remembered the name. If going here, I wouldn’t rely on the app’s directions for it.

Molly Felix
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Hiking

I love hiking this trail! we always see lots of mountain bikers who are the most polite trail companions. I think this trail has lots of hills and it's Rocky, but I like it, never boring.

Allie Pratt
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Hiking

It was an okay hike. I wouldn't consider it moderate. Probably wouldn't do it again.

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