South Fork American River Trail

16 miles from Auburn Courthouse. 15 miles easy-moderate, one way.       MAP

We need to thank Alan Ehrgott and the hard working staff at the American river Conservancy for bringing this trail to reality. Since 1989 Alan has worked writing grant applications, finding easements, negotiating with property owners, hosting fundraisers, and finally organizing the trail and bridge construction. His dream to have a trail connecting Sutter’s Mill in Gold Discovery S.P. to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento is mostly complete with the trail dedication in October 2010. We are grateful for the efforts of so many people working with and for ARC for such a job well done.

This trail provides a vital link for non-motorized travel along the South Fork of the American River from the Coloma area to the Folsom Lake Recreation Area trails at Salmon Falls. Using these trails you can now go all the way to Old Sacramento!

The final 2 miles before Salmon Falls is closed to horses to protect the sensitive plants that inhabit what is known as the Pine Hill Plant Community. Plans are on-going to find an alternate trail route for horses.

Access to the S.F. Trail is at 4 current locations: Closest to Coloma you have the first at Greenwood Creek, a half mile farther Magnolia Ranch, then Cronan Ranch near Pilot Hill, and finally from Skunk Hollow near Salmon Falls bridge ($). You can park free at the west end of the bridge if space allows.

The trail between Cronan and Salmon Falls is very exposed to sun with little shade and even less water, so during summer be prepared to tan.

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