American River Bike Trail - Trail, Sacramento, California

American River Bike Trail - Trail, Sacramento, California

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 07, 2013]
Alias530
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

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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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 12, 2013]
tendercat
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

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all the trails in granite bay near folsom lake

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2007]
Crash
Cross Country Rider

This is probably the biggest waste of time for any self-respecting mountain biker. The "trail" is almost entirely paved. The sections that aren't, are flat, boreing, and suck balls. That's not why I spent over two grand on a bike.

And for anyone who says "advanced riders can ride it faster for a great workout", you are stupid. If I wanted to ride something flat and boring for a workout, I would be a roadie.

Customer Service

There are alot of great trails out there, not all as close as I would like. It would be awesome if Sacramento would set aside a section of land near the American River to build a decent trail with jumps and obsticals since the land is so flat. But sure enough, as soon as you could build anything of significance, the city and local government would tear it down, rezone it, and start issueing tickets for its use. If it were up to them, consumerism would be the only activity alowed.

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In any case... if you find have a little extra time, check out Granite Bay or Salmon Falls.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 09, 2007]
Bokchoicowboy
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 20, 2007]
LandSpeed
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 05, 2007]
Chilly Cheese Dogg
Downhiller

its fun i ride it like ever day with some fiends

Customer Service

follow the trail its ezy as that

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Apr 15, 2007]
Crash
Cross Country Rider

There is a reason I have only ridden this trial once. I took my mt.bike out on this trail thinking that maybe the side trails (which are really for horses) might be worth the trip. I was wrong. The few sections of trail that get off the pavement where worthless. If you checked my heart-rate you wouldn't have known I was even awake. It was lame.

However... if I owned a road bike I think the trail would be worth hitting just to haul-ass from Sacto up to Folsom and back. It just really sucked to have a full suspension bike and nowhere to put the travel to use.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Apr 27, 2004]
ezradoga
Racer

I ride the American River Bike trail 3 days a week to commute to work (40 miles round trip). I also ride my HORSE on the American River Bike trail at least once a month as it is the ONLY place in Sacramento for horseback riding. Mountain Bike riders that I have encountered on the trail have, for the most part been very courteous, and I have no problem sharing the road. A statement that any true cyclist would understand, appreciate, and support. Please do not take away the ONLY place to ride a horse in my hometown. Lets work to share the road. Also, the drop down lists "What type of cyclist" and "How often to you ride" do not have commuter as an option.

Customer Service

From Sac State to Folsom

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Salmon Falls, backside of Folsom Lake

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 15, 2004]
Rob
Weekend Warrior

This is a nice ride for novice riders,or someone that just what's to get outside.This is a paved trail on the most part great for recreation,but should be riden with a friend,in the past in some areas,theres been some crime,but don't let this stop you other than that great view American river.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
[Sep 15, 2003]
jstewart133
Weekend Warrior

The trail is excellent, long, flat, and goes along the river that make the ride really enjoyable. Almost every week I take my kids to this trail.People from all walks of life enjoy their leisure time here. People are very friendly and very curtious, helpful, provided us with maps and directions, make our ride most fulfilling. If you are having family time here with your kids please Watch out for the occational speeders(Ofcourse speed limit is 15 MPH)

Customer Service

Folsom to Discovery park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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