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Hey Sac, wifey tells me a move to Sac in a month is looking pretty good. We tried this a few years ago, only for her to get a promotion and raise to come back after 3 months. Pretty familiar with downtown and midtown areas but didn't get to ride much except along the American River. I'm a ride every weekend and sometimes after work kind of guy. Looking for info on the nearby trails and maybe further ones out when my buddy visits. Also groups/clubs info... thanks in advance

Side note: I'm a government worker quiting his job to move to the Capital and be unempoyed!!! LMAO!!! Just thought I'd throw that in.
 

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I live in Natomas and my favorite places to ride are the Auburn State Recreational Area (numerous trails, including the Foresthill Divide Loop, the Clementine Loop, and the Connector Trail that links the two), Salmon Falls/Sweetwater Trail in El Dorado Hills, and Rockville Regional Park in Fairfield. All of these are 30-40 miles away though.
 

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sactojesse said:
I live in Natomas and my favorite places to ride are the Auburn State Recreational Area (numerous trails, including the Foresthill Divide Loop, the Clementine Loop, and the Connector Trail that links the two), Salmon Falls/Sweetwater Trail in El Dorado Hills, and Rockville Regional Park in Fairfield. All of these are 30-40 miles away though.
Thanks for the info... I like knowing the trails exact names.
 

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I'll probably be staying near mid-town so as far as after work, quick rides, am I stuck to riding near American River. Any big parks cool to ride?
 

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mtbmike0311 said:
I'll probably be staying near mid-town so as far as after work, quick rides, am I stuck to riding near American River. Any big parks cool to ride?
After work I usually ride at Granite Bay but I work in Rancho Cordova so I'm a lot closer. It would be a decent trek for you from mid town, after work going WITH traffic.

FATRAC is the big local trail advocacy group and they have trail descriptions with GPS and other info on their site: www.fatrac.org/trails.
 

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Gonna check out that trek to Granite Bay. Lots of good info on Fatrac too. Thanks.
 

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mtbmike0311 said:
I'll probably be staying near mid-town so as far as after work, quick rides, am I stuck to riding near American River. Any big parks cool to ride?
you're golden for road along american river bike trail.

What kinda bike(s) do you own?

I'm right by sac state, and a few times a year I'll toss CX tires on my hardtail and ride the river trail upto granite bay, do a loop or two, then head back. Makes for a good 60-70+miles, and most of it can be done on dirt.

From midtown, the time up 80 or 50 to granite bay (because of surface streets like douglas and folsom-auburn rd) can also get you to salmon falls trail / sfart / sweetwater. With or without traffic, they're almost exactly the same drive time (I find 50 almost always faster though). Add ten mins w/o traffic and you can make it to auburn.

Add in a bunch of traffic, and well...it sucks.

Rockville is a super slow yawn ride but nice and technical, its near vacaville.
 

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Right now, my only ride is an 08 Trance X1, it's pretty much my do everything bike. Weekends I'm usually up for 3-4 hours, 15-25 miles. Don't mind climbing and love fast technical downhill/singletrack, and even up for a race every now and again.

Not much into rode riding, although I did a 50 miles once on a hardtail with slicks.
 

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There are some random gems off the river trails, but for the most part, head to all the places listed above then. There is so much riding up around here, you won't be disappointed. And even when you're tired of it all, just head to the bay area, tahoe, santa cruz, or downieville for hundreds of more rides!
 

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No t much into rode riding, although I did a 50 miles once on a hardtail with slicks.
I love riding my road bike on the American River Bike Trail. It's actually a lot of fun; the trail is beautiful and great for getting around town without a car (if you desire) or just hammering out some safe mileage.

FYI on the dirt trails that run along and criss cross the paved trail - my understanding is that it is illegal for bikes. I have noticed that it is signed for the most part. MR2 may be mentioning some stuff that is legal, I don't know. If you choose to ride the illegal stuff, that's your prerogative but rider beware ;)
 

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Looking forward to better quality of riding up in NoCal.
 

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mtbmike0311 said:
Looking forward to better quality of riding up in NoCal.
Is there a NoCal vs. NorCal? Like SoCal vs. LoCal?

Anyway...

Welcome to SACTO!

I have heard lately that IMBA working with FATRAC and SAMBA (?) is getting some dirt trails open on the American River Parkway. Might not be much at first -- but you gotta start somewhere.

So -- yippee!
 
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