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Salmon Falls - Darrington Trail

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

Pretty rocky an technicle the first mile (the hardest part of the trail) but after that on a scale of 1-5 ist a 3 you have to climb your way in and out of a few ravines, through some woods and though some open fields. Follows the south fork of the American River most of the way until you come out at the pininsula at Folsom Lake.
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Latitude
38.77362538422751
Longitude
-121.03775024414062
Trail Directions
Take I-50 to El Dorado Hills blvd to Salmon Falls road. Stop in the dirt parking lot just before the bridge or pay 2 bucks for parking a half mile down the road the trail head is just over the bridge.
Trail Length
19 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Folsom
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Reviews 1 - 5 (18 Reviews Total) View All | Next 5

Review Date
June 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jason m ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail. Starts out rough but gets easier as you go along. The end can be a little confusing because you end up at a utility road if you make a left at the gate the follow it up and over and you will end up at a nice camground with a dock nice for a good swim. If you want to see video of it go to www.sacramentooutdoorsports.com. Gives you video on what it really looks like



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Review Date
April 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sumgai ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent all rider level trail for a weekday or quick weekend ride. This one has it all - sheer cliffs, cows, lake, optional steep climbs, creek crossings, and technical singletrack.

I have NO idea why they have not installed a guard rail along the famous walk-or-die section in the first 100 feet of the trail. Plenty of people have died there. What in the world are they waiting for?

Recommended Route:
Park before the bridge. Just over the bridge, take a left into the small parking lot where you'll find the trail head at the end.



Comments
sumgai (04/25/2009)
BEWARE - massive amounts of poison oak on this trail once you pass the meadow with cows. It's been over a week since I last rode it and I'm still in pain!
chapdog (07/30/2009)
have people really died there? I've been riding this trail weekly for 6 years and never seen any event occur there. I guess you could, but you could also die riding most any trail in norcal.
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Review Date
January 31, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.20 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: smageeks ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Wow, I've checked mtbr trail review on ocassion for the last 3-4 years and I can't believe no one has figured out the secret spot(semi steep & fun). I guess the old school disney lovers are the only ones who will ever know, cuz I'll never tell. Hint... wanta-be gay bay-trans-plants... think outside the doll...It's sort of steep but no road side assistance for the soccer dad. Keep hyping up the DARRINGTON trail as you know it (flat), which is hardly at all. haa haaa....



Comments
DRTUNDRA (11/17/2007)
if this wanna be bad ass was any kind of "downhiller" why would he go to a "flat" trail? go to downieville with your clunker. salmon is XC. nader nation yo!!!!
chapdog (07/30/2009)
disney is bootsy at top, middle to bottom of it is where is at, then where it spits you on darrington gets you the goods also.
Gary the No-Trash Co (09/23/2009)
This is quite possibly the most unhelpful (and incomprehensible) trail review I have ever seen on MTBR. Thank you very much for wasting my time.
CTVirtue_Rider (03/23/2010)
huh?
Endo73 (07/15/2010)
Ahh the disney lover trail - I remember that. It's been a long time.
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Review Date
November 19, 2006

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: mattpoland ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Salmon Falls is a great ride, pretty technical ride but overall a fun singletrack without a lot of vertical. All of the climbs are short and only a few are walkers. I take my 11 yr old son out there and we had a blast once we got past the first mile where it looks like you might fall into the lake. If you want a longer ride start at the sweetwater trail about 3mi before the Salmon falls bridge and ride both trails for a 22mi round trip of fun singletrack.



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CTVirtue_Rider (03/23/2010)
I agree. This is an excellent way to get a 1. work out and 2. challenge. I admit, I'm not the "fastest" rider but I can push my way uphill w/o setting foot on the ground and I'm proud of that. I like Salmon Falls. I do admit that one spot at the very beginning is a scary way to begin but once you're past that, you in for a XC challenge which you will pat yourself on the back for completing it.
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Review Date
September 1, 2006

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Olie_12 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well I used to ride it at least once a week, when I was living out there, and I loved it, get out there early in the morning, yeah its out and back so you head into a little traffice on the way back...but its better then being held up going out with the traffic...but its a long fun ride...I miss it...ya dont know what ya got until its gone...or your gone...



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