Explore the most popular walking trails near Pilot Hill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Appropriately rated, took my three children, youngest is 6 and they got through it just fine. Might just be me, but hard to navigate trails with out using the app. I had limited service (as I like it) so just kept going in a loop hoping it was the right one...

Love this trail for horseback riding and hiking. Has been getting busier on the weekends with cars in the horse trailer parking.

Went for a trail run, weather was warm, trail was perfect. There are bathrooms at the parking area and down by the river. All very clean, nice to have. Down by the water and a couple of places along the trail there are shaded sitting benches and even some picnic benches.

I really enjoyed this trail, took a side trip to the river, so beautiful and peaceful. There is allot of full sun, but also wooded areas to walk through. I used my All Trails Pro to navigate since the service was spotty, will go again to explore more.

Great for just about everything else but hiking. Felt more like just walking around parking lots. Don't come if hiking is your primarily objective. It's also strangely marked moderate but it's not at all. And it costs money. But looks like a great place to picnic and go kayaking.

The campground is only open in the summer. In the off-season there is a gate about five miles away from the trail that prevents you from driving to trail head.

There was almost no shade, however the trail was well maintained, wide, and had signage. Not very busy (prbly because it was hot). There was a good amount of elevation, about 1500 ft ea way for out and back. Only a small creek along the route and ends at the American river where there is a rapid and fast moving water. We had our dogs and weren't able to let them swim due to rafters and danger of the rapids.Just over 6 miles roundtrip. It was a good workout but not ideal with dogs and on a hot day.

Great trail, easy enough for kids. My twin 6 year old boys made it all 5 miles in and out. Not much shade so dress light in summer and bring plenty of water. Only saw one other human on the trails.

2 months ago

great hike or run in the spring. usually a good wildflower display. parking can be difficult on popular weekends

2 months ago

I really like this trial. It is very narrow at the trailhead for about 300-400 feet but then opens up wide enough to let bikers safely pass. Some good views but a lot of time the brush is too high to see much. I really appreciate the fact that once you get in a ways the quite is wonderful, no traffic noise or party noise from the river which is nice. Is it the most scenic hike, no but it is still a well maintained trail with long areas of shade and a great work out as some of the uphills make you work if you push yourself.

Love going up the trail

I was very disappointed in this trail. It is not a moderate hike at all. I was unable to get my heart rate into fat burning range at all. This trail consisted I’ve touring every parking lot and boat ramp along the granite bay side of the lake. Not worth the $12 to park.

Very nice groomed trail, river is nice and able to swim in

Nice river access but a lot of the hike was long stretches of no shade. Cool old shack towards the half way point of the trail that was used in a movie.

5 months ago

Probably better for biking. There’s zero shade for a lot of it so make sure you go earlier. Still really liked this hike.

Went in late May. Much of the surrounding land was just dead weeds, very little shade, and you could drive a truck down most of the trail. In fact, many parts of the trail were really just a road. Sometimes poorly marked, needed to pull the map up at times to figure out where to go. Nice access to the river though. All in all, there's nicer places to go hiking!

This is a pretty easy trail, easy to follow, some brief incline/declines. We went in the mid afternoon, and was pretty hot, wear sunscreen. We saw a bunch of hawks, two deer, runner, a biker, some horses...and a long snake that was half way taking up the trail! Not sure what kind it was. I wish it was a little more challenging, for my ability, but did enjoy myself.

Nice cool day on this hike. Fairly easy with well maintained trails and signs. Lots of blue oaks. Was not super crowded and the sheep were fun to see. Would definitely do a longer trail on return.

6 months ago

Very beautiful. Many wildflowers and lots of greenery and lovely oak groves. The path starts out wide and then narrows. Be cautious for ticks and poison oak - the grasses are tall and it'd be hard to keep a dog away from them. There is some easy creek crossing over rocks and lots of shade up until you get to the south side (after the gate).

After the gate the trail changes dramatically. At the gate I went right towards skunk hollow which had a couple of nice views. Next time I go early I'll try going left towards Cronan Ranch (it was too hot by noon to be out in the full sun).

Not sure why this was rated as a hard trail, pretty level and easy hike and great swimming spot if you venture down to the river , however did not get 5 starts because two reasons. First it was very dusty my shoes were super dirty at the end mostly due to all the construction they have been doing on the road across and on the older buildings. I’ll definitely be back when they Finish the construction

6 months ago

Pretty and very well marked trail. Lots of flowers and green in the spring. There are also connecting trails so you can add more distance. I think it's a little more on the "easy" side.

This was a cool hike. Was kinda hot on the way out (started at 10:15am on April 21st), maybe because I only brought 1 bottle of water. We missed the trail to the ridge at the very beginning and bushwacked our way up the hill about a mile in. The view from the ridge was awesome! Totally worth the extra effort but I would recommend looking IMMEDIATELY to your right at the trail head entrance to get to the ridge. Was about 4 hours of hiking, very up and then down then up again. At the end I was jealous of the people I could see tubing down the American River. Mostly came across Mountain Bikers on the trail, like a dozen.

7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful this time of year!

You need to pay 12$ per parking. Regular trail. Nothing special.

Great hike among open meadows. Perfect for sunny days in winter and early spring. Some incline, beautiful views of the hills, close to the American river. I highly recommend it.

This is an outstanding hike that is very un-trafficked. As the title of the hike lends, there is lots of opportunity for elevation gain and loss. But if you are looking for a Bluebird Day hike that offers views, solitude and even more views, this should be the first consideration. I’m so pumped to come back and take the river level trail.

Fantastic little trail. Big open spaces, rolling hills, river access, great spots for a picnic with a view. Definitely an easy trail for two adults who are relatively fit. Did it in about 1.5 hours with stopping and short picnic. Did this at the end of December, no mud, no blazing sun.

So pretty lots of bikers and horses but still good trail to hike

beautiful scenery, lots of ups and downs, views of the river and meadows are gorgeous

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