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Darrington aka Salmon Falls

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

This is one of our favorite trails- there's something for everyone! Fast & furious, long climbs, sweet singletrack, rocky technical sections- it's all here! Good for intermediate riders, but you CAN make it advanced doing the fireroad grind (out of the stream crossing) to the very top (look for the rusted car frame- the trail takes off thru the manzanita from there- it's hard to see the beginning). LOTS of poison oak.

DO NOT RIDE the Mickey Mouse trail as it is on private property and has been closed to bikers for liability concerns. Please respect the locals and stay out of the private property area. Thank you.
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Latitude
38.77367557110791
Longitude
-121.03572249412537
Trail Directions
Take Highway 50 towards Tahoe. Exit El Dorado Hills Blvd. and head north (turns into Salmon Falls Rd.) Keep going straight for 10 miles. When you hit the big metal bridge, park (if you park in the paved lots, pay the $2- the tickets are expensive!). The trailhead leads from the lot on the north side of the bridge, in the left lot. (PS Also available- the Sweetwater trail on the south side of the steel bridge. Go down into the paved lot on the south side- the trailhead's at the far end of the lot- short, but SWEET!)
Trail Length
18 miles, out & back
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
El Dorado Hills
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Review Date
March 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jeff ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was one of the first trails i road when i got back into mountain biking. It is suitable for all types of riders depending on which parts of the trail you end up riding. The beginning portion starts off extremely rocky and a little technical, but not a whole lot of climbing involved. Once you get to the split you can either go to the left and get some nice hill climbs and do that loop or you can continue on across the creek and do a really awesome climb up Flagstaff hill. I just did this climb last week for the first time and it was killer, but the views from the top were awesome. A great view of Folsom lake on the back side of the hill can be seen as well. I almost thought the ride down was worse that the climb up because of the intense vibration on my bike. The hill is extremely rocky and rutty so its a fun one. But that trail is extremely fun and really scenic as well. One of my favs.

Recommended Route:
Park on the south side of the bridge at Salmon Falls road. Ride across the bridge and head into the parking lot on the left hand side. Trail head is right there. Go out and back with the loop at the creek crossing or do an out and back with the Flagstaff hill climb.



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Review Date
October 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: N23 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First time riding this trail. Started at the bridge off Salmon Falls Rd, as suggested, and headed west. The beginning part does have a very difficult section of steep trail with lots of rocks. Ended up walking that. Good single track, no real steep parts and even then I managed to power through them. Only made it as far as the "duck" bridge as I was a solo rider and didn't know how far it would go before I would have to turn back.

All in all, a great first time riding. Will try to do again soon.



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Review Date
May 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: EDH Nelson ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I really like this trail. It is one of the few I've ridden that has a bit of everything. It is primarily single track with a few spots of double track. There are some spots that are very technical and some others that you can get some good speed. If you are deciding if you want to be a mountain biker, this is the trail for you. My first time out I thought I would never do it again. I have now become addicted.

Recommended Route:
I usually ride with my son. At the start of the trail, he goes up to the right and I go down to the left. Be careful in this section as it gets steep for a bit. He is an advanced downhiller and is trying to squeeze every hill out of this trail. About 4 - 5 miles later you will reach a big split that follows a downhill drop through a small creek. If you want a downhill run, stay to the right. If you want more twisty singletrack, stay to the left. The trails meet up again in a mile or so. You are now about halfway out. The trails continues along the shore of Folsom Lake. It gets more technical for a while and then opens up to a twisty downhill section. You will eventually end up at a Folsom Lake campsite.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clementine Loop, Olmstead Loop, Northstar at Tahoe.



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Review Date
June 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: SpuTTer , from Citrus Heights, CA

Summary:
Just rode Darrington for the first time this year and I got to enjoy almost like it was my first time again. Nice trail. Some technical/rocky sections but mostly a pretty smooth roller with some small ups and downs but nothing drastic. Good place to take beginner riders to get them to work on thier technical skills. The water level is pretty high right now so toward the end of the trail you'll have to walk down about 30 yards to cross. (water is about 4-5 feet deep in the middle of the trail there).

Recommended Route:
Out and back. New/Intermediate riders stay left at the split or you'll be going up Flagstaff toward Mickey Mouse.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Browns Ravine / Dyke 8



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Review Date
October 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Cameron Park, CA

Summary:
I like this trail because it's challenging to me. Some sections with the rocks are real cool for the learning phase. This trail is teaching me how to shift, when to shift, when to brake and how hard to brake. (Complete with falls of course.) I've only rode it twice, but, as a new mountain biker, it has took the wind from my lungs a few times on some of the climbs. I'm learning on my own and take any advice I can get from the more experienced.

Recommended Route:
I take the left at the start. Would like to take the steep rocky right, but need to improve on much needed skills first. (I'm new to this sport.)



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