Salmon Falls - Darrington Trail - TRAIL

Salmon Falls - Darrington Trail - Trail, Folsom, California

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.

User Reviews (18)

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jason m   Weekend Warrior [Jun 19, 2010]

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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sumgai   Cross Country Rider [Apr 05, 2009]

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?

Customer Service

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.

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derek   Racer [Sep 03, 2007]

awsome trail!!! ride it. People make it sound harder then it is. When people say walk the first couple hundred yards of the trail dont, you dont have to. But on the way back u will want to.

At the first fork (both ways lead to the same place) in the trail take a left if u want the easy way. It has one part that you might struggle with. The right side is very techinacle and is hard to ride. I went today for about the 15th time and rode the right side and fogot how hard it was.


after you get past the fork it will be down hill for a very little time. Then it will be flat for a while. there is not that much of rolling hills.

Customer Service

go straight at all the forks

Similar Products Used: if you like rolling hills then go to dyke 8, it is in folsom,CA
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5
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smageeks   Downhiller [Jan 31, 2007]

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....

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mattpoland   Cross Country Rider [Nov 19, 2006]

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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5
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3
Olie_12   Cross Country Rider [Sep 01, 2006]

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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Walshman   Cross Country Rider [Jun 12, 2005]

Salmon Falls Trail (Darrington Trail) was a trail that a few of my buddies and I decided to tackle as my first trail. I just got into mountain biking, and a few of the other guys were more advanced, but I said I'd go along anyway. We went Thursday 6/9/2005, just after the rain the day prior. Parked at Salmon Falls Bridge, the day was cool/wet. The first part of the trail was technical, due to the rocks and nasty mud everywhere - later on, the trail eased up, but was still hazardous because of flooding, terrain shifts, etc. About 10 miles in, we saw a fork in the road (3-way, one to the end of the trail, one to camp penninsula, one to another trail). However, the sign showing which way to go was broken and on the ground, needless to say we got disoriented but managed to complete the ride. Overall a good trail, difficulty was not bad for a beginner like me in good shape, may be more of a challenge if you aren't used to clipless pedals (me, fell 7 times), or if you arent used to close singletrack. Overall a good ride.

Customer Service

The route ends at about 10 miles. You have to go back to complete it ~20 miles. Camp Pennisula is a dead end, you have to take service roads to get out of there.

Similar Products Used: First one, so look for more.
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3
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3
Kore   [Jan 31, 2001]

Slammin balls offers a fair enough system of trails. Nice views of the lake and some interesting stuff. If you can find Mickey Mouse, that's the shit.

Customer Service

Same as above.

Similar Products Used: ?
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mark   [Feb 19, 2001]

Salmon Falls starts with a terrorizing, embedded single track that has rock wall to one side and a drop to the rocks and lake below (100 feet) on the other side. Once you get through the first quarter mile, the trail gets a lot better, and the scenery opens up. There are nice sections through the forest interspersed with open grassy meadows overlooking the lakes shoreline. Most of the the single-track stays about the same for the rest of the ride. There are some nice fire roads at about five miles. Instead of the lake-side single-track take the fork to the right, and then drop down into a forest valley. Once down there, start climbing out from the creek, staying on the right trail. There is more than a mile of climbing to the top of the hill. At that point, turn around and rip down that long hill, or if you are feeling really lucky drop down the insane twisting free fall that is Mickey Mouse. Even really good riders walk (its really more of a controlled fall) some sections of this trail.
Generally, most of the Salmon Falls trail is pretty rough, with embedded granite and a lot of roots and ruts to keep you on your toes. There are also a heck of a lot of people on this trail, both hikers and bikers. In the summer, this place turns into a bake oven, so youll want to start before 8 a.m. and bring lots of water.

Customer Service

The route along the shoreline is nice and scenic, but the really trick riding is climbing the fire roads.

Similar Products Used: Clementine, Auburn Divide, Olmstead Loop, Jenkensens Lake, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Granite Bay.
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Jarrod Camp   [Mar 28, 2001]

starts right out on a hairy single track with a 100 ft drop on your left. at one point sign recomends that you walk your bike(hahaha) opens up through rolling hills forested single track and finally some serious uphill, but all worth the ride down. 18 miles out and back makes for a nice afternoon ride. bring lots of water it gets HOT!!!!

Customer Service

I-50 east to Eldorado Hills exit to salmon falls rd. park before bridge. 10 miles from freeway.

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