Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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

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

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

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

Nice trail. The camp ground is Closed for the season right now. Several connector trails which is nice. You can customize the distance easily.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Awesome trails and beautiful views

not sure why this is rated as 'hard'...it was actually more like 'easy'. Wide well kept dirt roads for trails, could tread with running shoes. Only saw one other person (I went Wednesday late afternoon in November) who also had their dog. Lots of horse poop, but there are nice bathrooms (sans water) at the trailhead and where the trail meets the river.

Easy hike for Sunday walk. Started from Cronan Ranch Trailhead to West Ridge Trail, headed to American River picnic area. Continued the hike via West Ravine Trail, with total of 6.8 miles. Nice view of hills and beware of shits on the trail. Overall, the trails have sign boards and map that easily to follow. It's open trail, need hat or umbrella on the hot day.

trail running
8 months ago

So pretty in the mornings. So much more trail to explore!

Very calm walk with a choice of uphill challenges.

I walked 3.4 miles of the lake line and enjoyed the tranquility. A cycling event had us watching over our shoulder for a portion of the hike but thoroughly enjoyed the park. Note $12 to get in the park.

Where I got severe poison oak...

Fun hike to the river (which has tons of tables and seating). The trail is mostly sunny, hot and dusty with horses but very quiet! This was a relatively easy hike other than the heat.

hiking
11 months ago

$12 to park

mountain biking
Monday, July 17, 2017

loving the bike trail, nice for burning some legs

Just as other said . Watch out for rattlers ! Beautiful hike !

Moderate would be a better rating, but it was a beautiful day out and the River is moving well this year. A nice loop!

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful, lots of wildlife, river access & lots of free parking. BRING SUNSCREEN - got very sunburnt even though it was not hot. Not a lot of shade.

Ok. Trial was pretty but not sure who rates the difficulty because it was not hard at all. It was borderline Easy-Moderate. Was excited for the challenge but ending up being lack luster.

walking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Had to pay to get park! $12

Pretty hike ❤️

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Great trail, beautiful views!

walking
Monday, November 14, 2016

It's fine... lots of runners, mountain bikers, horses, walkers. Nice that it's close to home. Water levels are always fluctuating. Good place for kids to explore, get dirty and move their bodies.

nature trips
Thursday, November 10, 2016

This is a great trail for a easy enjoyable walk. The trail was very green for this time of year and we didn't encounter any other people. lots of picnic tables where you can just sit and enjoy the solitude.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Love this trail. It's a beautiful walk in and a pretty strenuous hike out !!!

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

I would recommend this trail during spring or maybe autumn.
Here is my summer afternoon experience:
- First leg (from trail head to river access). No shade - except for a handful of trees. The scenery is a bit lackluster unless you are able to appreciate the dry golden hills in high temperatures. Don't get me wrong, I love to sink into calm, less dramatic scenery, but this time I did not want to pause a lot in the heat.
- Second leg (along the river). The river is accessible almost all along this section. So you can chose your own spot. There are a couple of wider beach-like places with benches, toilets. The canvas/tarp shade above some of the bench tables is a nice thought. I can't say a lot about swimming, I wasn't prepared for that, but it was nice to walk in the water and cool down. The current seemed to be pretty fast for a summer.
Be aware of rattlesnakes, I spotted one at the first place where I wanted to go in the water. It was coming from the water, luckily it paused in the middle of the path, so I could react in time.
- Third leg (from river to trail's end). We took the Long Valley Trail here, not the one marked with red on the map here, that I believe is Cronan Ranch road.) This was the most rewarding part. By then the sun already sunk under the hills to the west and the vegetation, due to the seasonal stream, was much more diverse. The birds and bees also came back to life, which added to the atmosphere.
Unfortunately I had to star-rate it to submit my review. I did not want to, because it is a bit unfair based only on a high heat summer afternoon. I'm sure a walk during springtime makes it deserve the average 4 stars that the trail got.
As for difficulty: easy. Not ADA, but I think the pitches are a bit overrated.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Nice easy hike with the family. It got a bit hot though. Wish there was more shade!

Great walk. I wouldn't call it moderate. The river was great. New bathrooms down by the roger are nice to have.

mountain biking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Wonderful ride!

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