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American River Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (3.28 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

Main trail is paved. There are side trails that are flagged for horses only, but the number of MTBers, walkers and motorcycles (!!) that use them have pushed the horses to a few spots along the river.
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Latitude
38.773893047181545
Longitude
-121.0418701171875
Trail Directions
Any spot along the American River in Sacramento and Folsom.
Trail Length
32 miles one way
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Sacramento
   


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Review Date
July 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Alias530 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm not sure how this trail has received anything but 5 star ratings. I have friends who have literally taken years off of work to ride the best trails in the country, and even coast to coast, and they all agree that this is the BEST trail in the NATION for road biking.

There are parts of the trail with homeless people or parts that are less maintained than others (debris in the road), but other than that it is perfect. It is fairly flat, so if you like hills it may not be for you, but the scenery is great. It makes you feel like you aren't in the grungy city that Sacramento is.

The aerobic difficulty is next to nothing unless you are going 20+ mph because of how flat it is, but that just makes it good for all groups of people.

Recommended Route:
Start from the beginning in Discovery Park, this is the most scenic and "wilderness" feeling part of the trail (after you get out of Discovery Park of course). Keep going for at least 20 miles and you'll see some fantastic scenery.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Depending on what type of bike you are on, there are some fun cross country trails and even some technical stuff along the river. If you're on a road bike, just stay on this trail, or head out to Lake Natoma.



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Review Date
March 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tendercat ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
this trail has lots of beginner single track interweaving the pavement. I ride from the el manto access west and there is some great single track with switchback. If you ride bmx or a Dirt jumper, there is a little section of jumps hidden in the trails. I use it to get to and from fair oaks and my house.

Recommended Route:
anywhere in rancho cordova or sacramento is close to this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
all the trails in granite bay near folsom lake



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Review Date
August 9, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bokchoicowboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride the section between Hazel and Old Folsom. The dirt trails on the side of the lake that paralells Folsom Blvd are multi-use trails: legal for mountain bikes. If you go to the other side of the lake you are on equestrian/hiker ONLY trails and deserve a ticket.

This is a very easy trail set, appropriate to take your kid to show them the wonders of singletrack. There are a few sprint-climbs, but nothing of a long nature. Another advantage of this trail is the paved bike trail the dirt track paralells. If you or your kid get tired of the dirt you can hop on the pavement for a smooth no-brain ride.

The trail runs through some open areas that can get quite sunny, hot, and dusty, but it also runs into some wooded areas which offer some welcoming shade.

Watch out for the horse droppings that show up ever so often. Practice your bunny-hops.

Almost the whole route overlooks the water, so even on a hot day it seems a bit cooler with the wet view.

Recommended Route:
I start at the lot next to the Sac State Aquatic Center at Nimbus Flat (no parking cost, but fills up quickly on busy days). I ride a mix of on/off road up to Old Folsom. Near the trailhead after crossing under the new Folsom Blvd bridge I stop in at the bikeshop to windowshop, then sometimes grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. I then repeat the ride in the other direction back to Nimbus Flat.



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Review Date
June 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: LandSpeed ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride road and MTB... so as far as road riding goes, this is a great place to do it and there's lots of ways to use this trail as a connector to other rides (such as getting off at Folsom-Auburn to ride up towards Sierra College/Auburn/Wherever, or riding from Discovery Park to the airport or even Davis). People who complain about others breaking the 15 mph speedlimit are either 1. Old 2. Women 3. Old Women. The real problem causers are families/1. 2. and 3. listed above walking on it or riding on it going frigging 5 mph in BOTH LANES not paying attention to cyclists around them. I do also MTB the offroad sections, and have been able to get my MTB fix without driving to Auburn or Folsom. These off road sections are relatively nice, and while I wouldn't make it a travel destination, are still fun to do every once in a while.

Recommended Route:
Just poach it. The horse signs are not enforced as well as they could be. It's the way it should be... MTBers are the only ones doing any real kind of upkeep, since we keep the weeds down, keep the dirt clear, and scare off the rattlesnakes. Just watch out for sections you might have to hop off on.



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Review Date
June 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chilly Cheese Dogg ,  Downhiller

Summary:
its fun i ride it like ever day with some fiends

Recommended Route:
follow the trail its ezy as that



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