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This is an excellent close to 5 mile loop trail. I usually park in La Riviera on the South Side of the American River near the Howe Avenue Bridge. It's easy to access the river trail. Run west towards the Guy West Bridge then crossover and follow the trail to the Watt Ave Bridge then cross back over. If you stick to the main trail there are dirt trails next to the main bike trail. There are a lot of Side trails you can hop on if you're feeling more adventurous. No traffic so need to stop and go, perfect for runners.

trail running
1 month ago

One of my go to local places for running. So there are 3 major sections to land park. The largest section alone is a little under 2 miles between Land Park, 13th, Freeport & Sutterville. The next largest section between 13th, Riverside, Land Park and 11th is about 1 mile. The final smallest section between 15th, Land Park, Park Rd is under 3/4 miles. Super shady except for Freeport section. Dirt trail all the way around the Park great on your joints. Great for running or training. Small workout stations around certain sections of Park. Zoo, Funderland and Fairytale Town located within the park. Crowded mostly weekends. Close to the Sacramento River Trail as well.

I would recommend parking near Matsui Park. You can then choose to run north through Discovery Park or head south and you'll reach Old Sac in less then a mile. Old Sac itself has asphalt, dirt, cobblestone streets and wooden deck. Relatively small area about 6 or 7 city blocks. Super duper crowded on weekends and midday weekdays. Light crowds early morning. If you run past Old Sac heading south you'll have an asphalt trail following the Sacramento River towards Land Park. Mostly sunny.

This is the very best running trail(s) that cut right through the heart of Sacramento following the American River from the confluence at the Sacramento River (Discovery Park) and reaches Folsom in 28+ miles. You will have a well paved asphalt trail used by bikers as well as some sweet dirt trails that get you away from the crowds and into some pretty scenic forested river settings. Tons of different places to start / stop runs so your potential trail possibilities are endless based on how long you plan on running. Perfect for marathon training. Mile markers on asphalt trails. Gets crowded weekends. Light crowds midday weekdays. Check for flooding closures during rainy seasons. NOTE: Vagrancy camps are scattered throughout trails. Be fully aware of your surroundings. Cell service throughout trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Capitol Park is a 1.10 mile loop trail around the state Capitol. Mostly concrete some places to run on grass, dirt but mostly sidewalk concrete. Best time to run early morning or late evenings weekdays (Work Walkers midday gets crowded). Weekends are good all day. Cool stuff in park including a Giant Sequoia, Vietnam War Memorial, and rose garden.

California has one of the best state capitol campuses I have ever seen

Super easy paved trail. There is more shade than I thought there would be.

Very nice ride... but! Flooded and impassible from downtown Sac which forces u to ride on levee trail thru tent city to get back on trail... if u r only riding part of the trail consider starting on the folsom side... otherwise very nice and cool and green this time of year!

So the trail head is well hidden. No signs. The trail head is on the corner of La Riviera drive and Howe Ave. Flat trail. Well trafficked. Many bikers. I had my dog off leash, but others had theirs on leash. I liked the option to follow the trail on a levee section that isn't as shaded. I LOVED that u can take detours from the trail toward the river. It's not even far off the trail. The dogs loved that.