South Fork American River Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,652' 504 m
Descent: -1,397' -426 m
High: 970' 296 m
Low: 501' 153 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“Offering flowing trails and river vistas, this classic Sierra Foothills point-to-point trail is not to missed.”— Kristen Arendt
The trail is well defined with no intersections prior to connecting with the Cronan Ranch trail system. Be aware of rocky switchbacks, as it is not hard to catch a toe on the first main climb. After this climb, the trail smooths out with plenty of hills, vistas, and benches.
The trail follows with South Fork of the American River, providing epic views and soundtracks for your time on trail. Poison oak, cougars, and rattlesnakes frequent the area, so caution is recommended. Do not forget your water as much of the trail is exposed to the sun.
Land Manager: BLM California - Mother Lode Field Office