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Trees down and erosion at end prevented us from safely accessing the river.

Nice trail. Watch out for bikers.

Beautiful shaded trail, creek and waterfalls are a nice treat. Currently closed.

Trail itself I’d consider moderate. I’d highly recommend if you want to hike, to NOT take this trail in the park. 99% of people on this trail are mountain bikers that will mow you down. So irritating every five minutes having to jump in bushes to accommodate them and even more difficult if you have a dog. If you’re a mountain biker, great trail for you. Just be considerate that people hike this and you can seriously injure them if you don’t call out your presence before hand.

Attempted this hike this past weekend. Access is closed right now. :(

You CANNOT go in through the Auburn side. The road is blocked 2.7 miles from trailhead and it says NO public. We made the mistake of trying. 02-10-18

hiking
6 months ago

Upper portions of the trail havent been cleared of trees felled after the 2008 fire. Lots of obstacles. Not the grand and mysterious an entrance to the canyon as Mumford Bar. Steep cutbacks. Kind of blunt descent.

camping
6 months ago

Hard! 8 miles 1 way. plan on camping at upper hell hole when going here. be prepared for a lot of up and down stretches. we called them stairways to hell. when you reach the campground it becomes heaven. spent a week here. lake was way low but plenty of fun with the river. recommend boating to upper hell hole not hiking

clean beautiful hike. long dirt road in.

Beautiful hike! The ride after the paved road requires a car that can handle steep and uneven terrain. We parked on a flat area about 1.4 miles from the trailhead and just walked in.

off road driving
7 months ago

Amazing river view, fall colors, and off-road experience. Plenty of hiking too. American river does not disappoint!
-Brian

A quick way to see Big Trees with the family. Very Clean. When we went it had a few wasps. They buzzed us but for the most part left us alone. My dogs love it there, So much packed into a little hike. Almost off season, We had the place pretty much to ourselves. Bring your own water as mentioned. A great place to try the little ones out on for hiking and teach them about nature and outdoor manners. Have fun!

hiking
7 months ago

Updated review: we just backpacked this trail overnight and it still isn't that bad, granted it's kinda late in the season (Oct 21), maybe we missed peak blackberry. We brought a big pair of hedge shears, a bow saw and the usual bear mace - didn't see any bears though. The blackberries and the brush along the trail need to be cut constantly but they aren't bad and there were only a few downed trees. Just make sure to wear long pants.

As people said, this trail is intense, make sure you pack with that in mind. Remember to bring enough water for the climb, though if you have a filter there is an apparently reliable creek at N39.18596° W120.62842°, which is fairly near the top. I'll grant too that this was only supposed to be an access trail and there's nothing really exciting at the bottom - more of a do-it-just-to-say-you've-done-it sort of thing.

I'm pretty sure that portion of this trail on the north half of the river no longer exists, or at any rate isn't maintained, since I've never heard of anyone who's done it, or even found it.

I'm not sure if people here are referring to the trail that continues upriver as the part that's impassible. Technically that's the American River Trail (Mumford is only an access trail, like Beacroft and Sailor Flat, though since it doesn't really have it's own page yet I'll write this here):
We went out there overnight to see how far we could get, and my verdict is that that trail is just...no. The entire canyon between Mumford and Sailor burned a decade ago, 99% of the trees are dead, and now it's the biggest brushfield-slash-snagfield I've ever seen. It looks like the Forest Service cleared the trail out to about a mile and a half from the end of Mumford, just past that little hill (IRL not so little and made of steep loose rock; don't try to climb) on the south side of the river - you can see it on the satellite pictures. Then you hit a wall of brush. It's worth going out there to see the canyon though.

We spent two days bushwacking it (I prefer to call it extreme gardening) with the shears (though loppers would probably have been a bit more useful) and nearly got to Beacroft - though not on the trail...the trail is a lost cause. We went out to the end of the cleared trail and then cut through a wall of solid brush - and I mean like tunneling though it on hands and knees - to the river, and since the water's so low now we could follow the banks and rock bars upriver until the canyon got too steep. We cut back up to the trail around N39.21255 W120.58376 - a half-mile west of Beacroft - and found it still overgrown and impassible, though recognizable, and somehow marked with pink survey flags all the way along it for apparently the whole length. Overall it looks like we're going to have to wait for either the Forest Service to somehow clear it or for the forest to regrow and shade all of that brush out, which at this rate we'll be lucky to see in our lifetimes. I can't recommend camping out there either, but if you do obviously stay away from the dead trees, they're falling all the time, if you're out there long enough you'll hear them.

hiking
8 months ago

Very fun

Son really enjoyed this hike. River offers nice backdrop to a pleasant walk. Very little traffic during week, when we went.

really nice trail. realy nice but sporadic views of the river. good amount of shade later in the day. sunscreen still advised.

backpacking
8 months ago

This trail is very steep and long. NOT for the faint of heart. Its has some beautiful views and some cool mining equipment off the trail but is definitely difficult due to the grade of the trail. Would not recommend for beginners.

Great hike! Some elevation changes that get your heart going, but nothing too crazy. Offers ample opportunity for rest between hills. Everything is brown now, but still lovely and serene. This is a shared trail with bikers, so be aware!

This trail is best for cooler weather or early mornings. We went at 8:30am in August and it was HOT. The first half (approx.) of the trail is in full sun, the second half is under the trees and shaded but there were some gnat-like bugs in the shaded areas. The falls are small at that time but still there. There is a $10 parking fee at the trailhead and parking is limited. Mostly trucks on the road, saw one car. Road is smooth dirt at the beginning but some rough potholes/ditches towards the bottom. The trail follows along the river so swimming is available also. Signs showed dogs on-leash. Overall we enjoyed the hike and would do it again, but after the rains.

Awesome first time hiking!

hiking
9 months ago

fun

Hike itself and area is beautiful, the effort to get there though was absolutely terrifying. I have a honda and did not read the fine print about unmaintained dirt road- it is seriously filled with potholes and it felt like I was going to slide off the road at multiple points. Would not recommend if you don't have an SUV or truck. Past that this is a pretty eery feeling hike.

Super remote trail, gravel road access and very hard to with a car. The trail it's self was beautiful but getting there was semi hard and that's the only downside.

hiking
10 months ago

Wouldn't recommend. Went today. Got to the river where the black berry overgrowth is so large you can't get through without a machete like everyone said. But shortly after arriving there I came across a bear and her cubs and barely made it out alive. Then I ran into a man who apparently lives in the cabin out there right now. I was alone with my dog, it was scary and unforgettable to say the least. Hike back up was difficult.

RATTLESNAKES!!!!! It was a strenuous hike both in and out, but definitely doable. We initially planned on hitting the primitive campgrounds, but bypassed those as we could see and hear boat campers at the lake. We hiked another mile or so passed the primitive campgrounds along the marked trail and found a beautiful spot to set up camp. We encountered a total of 5 rattlesnakes during our 2 day trip, 4 of those directly on the trail. Even though we were aware of the snakes in the area and we were constantly looking for them, they are very hard to see until you are nearly on top of them. Fortunately they moved along and we continued passed them. Bring water but there are several spots along the trail to filter water and the lake is accessible in 2 spots as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Enter through a small campground. I parked near the campers and started my hike there. The signage is a little rough and then you come upon a sign that just says Trail that someone carved in wood. There's been a forest fire there recently so lots of fallen, cut down and burned trees everywhere. It's pretty desolate out there. Once you get to about 4 miles you see a river and a little further up you can walk out to it. I did 8.8 miles today. It's pretty boring for most of that way down. Be careful of the blackberry areas that haven't been cleared throughout the trail. Lots of thorns. Didn't see much poison oak which was kind of nice. Definitely hard climb back up.

7/15/17: Ponderosa Rd is currently closed on the Foresthill side but you can reach the bridge and trailhead from the Weimar side. Recommend using a high clearance vehicle to make it down to the bridge and trailhead on the rough dirt/gravel road. Beautiful this year after all the winter storms. Fairly easy hike but it is hot this time of year.

Great hike if you're looking to improve stamina or simply get some miles under your belt. But, as others have said... its a kinda boring hike, especially this time of year - the wildflowers have already had their time, you see the same trees, poison oak, etc. Hearing the somewhat-busy road during several points of the hike was less than desirable but overall a nice hike.

7/8/17: Road to get down to trail-head is currently closed due to erosion. We drove out to discover the closure and had to come up with a backup plan. I've heard it's a fun hike so looking forward to revising my review once the road is opened again!

Hiked. The trail is very clear and well maintained, but it's a boring hike with very little. scenery. A good portion of it has tree cover, but you'll see the same trail and trees for 11 miles. The trail also cross the road twice, and follows the road close enough to see and hear cars for a section of it. Given how well maintained it is you'll need to keep an eye and ear out for mountain bikers as well. It makes a good trail to get a workout, but there a plenty of other good trails if you're trying to find a more secluded hike in auburn/foresthill. I'd recommend one of the longer American Canyon Creek Falls routes with some additional time along the rive for a comparable trail

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