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Max Hunter reviewed Italian Bar Trail
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trail is in very bad condition. the last section of trail is eroded away with large fallen trees making it dangerous to actually get down to the river. the hike out is brutally hard and the bugs bitting constantly made it unbearable.

Jason Gilmore reviewed Grouse Falls Trail
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You will literally need a high powered pair of binoculars to see the waterfall. It is way down in an inaccessible canyon with no trail in site to get down to the falls. The observation deck is falling apart and some idiot had his dirt bike on top of it so you can't gain access to the platform. IDIOT! Looked around for a few minutes and headed back to the car. Skip on this if you're into not being disappointed.

Jason Gilmore reviewed North Fork of Middle Fork Trail
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Stay away from area because there is poison oak everywhere plus ticks and rattlesnakes. Pulled a tick out of my inner thigh and ended up with a slight rash from poison oak. The swimming hole was pretty but lots of people showed up and there wasn't much room for everyone. Would be a good hike for the cooler parts of the year when theres less people and the seasonal water fall is flowing. Also seen rattle snake skin on the rocks. Scenery was beautiful but wouldn't be worth it for your average flat lander.

Kyle Connors reviewed North Fork of Middle Fork Trail
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Hiking

(If you can handle the insects) you’ll find your own segment of a pretty cool fork of a fork of an American river. Scramble up a few thousand meters from the river access at the trail end, keeping the water to your left and you can find your own granite bowl swimming hole with a few rocks to lay out and jump into warm waters. Have fun, bring bug spray, and pack it in and out people! The trail could have been cleAner.

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Jason Poindexterus reviewed North Fork of Middle Fork Trail
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownRocky

Nats nats nats everywhere, mosquitoes and poison oak. Not a hike I would do again

Vicente AlvarezBarron reviewed North Fork of Middle Fork Trail
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Hiking

It was such an amazing hike water is crystal clear had so much fun even my nephew had a blad most definitely going to do it

Christeen Rolle reviewed Mumford Bar Trail
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BackpackingBlowdownSnow

Backpacking in april 2020 snow was packed up to my knee lots of trees that were down.we have to climb over the down trees. love the solitude. we camp over nite not to far from the beaten up cabin. saw 2 bears crossing the river.

Carla P. reviewed Mumford Bar Trail
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HikingBugsOver grown

My daughters & I stumbled onto this hike when we couldn’t find the one we were looking for. So we decided to take this. That was a mistake. The trail was very overgrown, so we weren’t even sure if we were going the right way. So we turned around & came back.

Tonya Bentulan reviewed North Fork of Middle Fork Trail
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HikingBugs

If it weren’t for the bugs, I’d give this trail a 4-star. I won’t go back again specifically because of the bugs. It was a beautiful drive in, gorgeous scenery, lots of wild flowers, easy to find and easy to hike trail. Without exaggeration, the bugs were the worst that I’ve ever encountered in California. I’d read that in the reviews so I brought along bug spray. The bug spray kept *most* of the mosquitos at bay but the gnats were relentless. I was in a cloud of gnats the entire hike. They were in my nose, in my eyes, in my teeth, in my lungs, stuck to my sweaty skin. I was flailing my arms like a mad woman the entire hike just trying to keep them off. I almost made it to the finish line but just couldn’t take inhaling gnats anymore so I turned back at about 1-3/4 miles in. It was so excessive that my lungs felt full and I was coughing up gnats. As far as the drive in goes, it is a curvy road that is narrow and with drop offs in spots. There were logging trucks sharing the road so it felt a bit white knuckled in some stretches. If that type of a drive stresses you, you might want to skip this venture. The trailhead is to your left just after the bridge and there’s some space to park on the side of the road to your right. The trail is easy. I’m in terrible shape thanks to Covid lockdown and just got back into hiking yet I didn’t get too winded. It almost wasn’t challenging enough for me, which says a lot being that I’m out of shape. Although not challenging physically, I still wouldn’t take small children or anyone elderly. There’s a few spots that are pretty steep and narrow, you have to have decent balance to clear them.

Vincent Dahl reviewed Sailor Meadow Trail
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grown

This trail is very very very easy to lose, especially on the return. It slips in and out of existence like my belief in god. Quite steep as well, making time management crucial if you don't want to spend the night out there. Do not attempt to hike this after dark, I almost walked right off a ledge when I drifted to the west, and that was in daylight. It seems someone cleared the fallen trees for the first half mile or so with a chainsaw, but after a that there is a lot of climbing over logs. I wanna stress again just how easy it is to lose this trail. I did on the way back and it forced me to climb the 45 degree + slope while pushing through the undergrowth. Almost didn't make it back before dark. Also the route shown on the site isn't right. there isn't a trace of the trail by the time you reach the little potato-shaped pond (you can see this pond on google maps, it's also at roughly the 1.2 mile mark, just after the turn). The "real" "trail" turns west at roughly the 1.1 to 1.2 mile mark and goes down to the meadow/marsh. Perhaps with a bit of searching one might find the trail to the mine (is there really a mine down there somewhere?), but I doubt it. However the views from the ridge are spectacular, and the meadow is like something from a dream. If you can survive the brutal climb back out and not lose the trail, I highly recommend.

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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grown

Hiked July 3rd-5th 2020. Also agree that it was way overgrown, likely because of the American River Complex Fire. The first 4.5 miles are lovely but once you reach the edge of the burn it quickly becomes near impassible. Appears to have been cleared at some point but more briars have grown across the trail since and more trees been blown down as well. Also exited from Beacroft which was less overgrown, except around the spring, and very steep. Keep you eye out for the pink and orange plastic ribbons or else you could very easily lose the trail and get lost. I not only saw bear droppings but a bear and cub as well.

Wendy Bjeldanes reviewed Mumford Bar Trail
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Hiking

Trail is fairly well maintained to the river. Climb out is hard work. Took 2.5 hrs with a 40 lb backpack. Worth it considering the beautiful wild river access.

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Jordon Vice reviewed Hell Hole Trail
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Super disappointed. There were a few waterfalls, but none like are in the photos listed for this trail. Went all the way to the end of the extremely overgrown trail, and there was no view or water - just some picnic tables in brush that look like they haven’t been touched in years. Trail was extremely hard to follow, and not worth the few views along the way. Lots of bugs, and saw a snake as well.

Alexandros X reviewed Mumford Bar Trail
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HikingOver grownRocky

Just finished this one. Started out at the campground, descended about a half mile on a fire trail, whereupon the Mumford Trail splits off on the right as a single track trail. From there, descended approximately 3 miles down switchbacks to the river. The trail is mostly shady, probably 2/3 of it in the shade and 1/3 exposed. Went to check out the cabin, but it was difficult to get to due to the overgrowth. Also the roof was caved in. Continued on for about 10 more minutes and found a good spot by the river to have lunch and swim a bit. Saw a water snake as I was getting out so that startled me a bit. The hike up was fairly challenging, in part because of the switch backs, but the rocky terrain and brush adds a little more difficulty. Ascended from the river to the main parking lot in 1 hr 53 min. I'd recommend long pants and a long shirt on this one to protect against the brush, some of which has thorns. This will also help with the poison oak and mosquitoes. Also bring sunblock and bug spray. In terms of water, I brought 4 liters and drank 3 of them. Overall it was a nice hike. The views were decent, but you couldn't see the river until you basically got on top of it. Very isolated, only saw 6 people from the time I left my car until i came back. I'd consider doing it again if the trail gets to be maintained a little better.

Ryan Vaughan reviewed Mumford Bar Trail
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BackpackingBugsOver grown

I did this one as an overnight 6/20-6/21. I clocked it at 4.2 miles each way from the trailhead parking/campground to the river. It's fairly overgrown in spots and lots of downed trees to climb over. A handful of beautiful views of the ridge on the other side of the river. I didn't see an obvious river crossing (and I was tired), so I stayed on the same side of the river the whole time.

Seth Plasencia reviewed North Fork of Middle Fork Trail
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Hiking

An amazing short hike with great views and swimming spots at end of trail. Trail is slightly overgrown at the beginning but totally manageable. Do not advise kids hiking this trail due to steep cliffs at edge of trail along the entire route. Due to this we kept both our 1 and 3 yr old in the kid carrier backpacks. Today's weather was perfect, 65 degrees, shade comes and goes and would be a little hot on a summers day. Hike down left side of fork at end of trail for a ton of swimming spots along light rapids. Take right fork down a steep decent to a make shift zipline and huge swimming hole, there are also a couple other swimming spots farther up river, albeit on large rocks and not beachy

Lindsey R reviewed Mumford Bar Trail
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Hiking

This trail was not that bad and should be no trouble for experienced hikers who are used to more remote, less trafficked trails. There were overgrown sections, but were totally passable. Most of the trail was not overgrown. The area was burned a few years ago, but it is an interesting study in fire ecology to see how the forest is re-growing. Bring bug spray, mosquitos were bad, especially at the river. The cabin is , unfortunately, in bad shape due to a tree falling on the roof. On the way back up we ran into a mama bear and her one cub. She definitely kept and eye on us, but we moved through without issue. I would recommend bear spray to be safe. This trail is less steep than Euchre Bar and Italian Bar, just longer. We hiked out in 2 hours. And it was beautiful!

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