Mountain Bike! Northern California
by Linda Austin (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2000 Linda Austin/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
I gave this trail one star because I couldn't give it anything less. This "trail" is great for riding or running for exercise, but as for being in the Top 100....I'm going to have to say that they have placed it far too high on the list. This is not a destination spot, it is simply something near by to ride, run, or walk on, because you don't have a whole lot of time to go anywhere cool. Having this trail on the Top 100 is like having the walking path through a city park on the Top 100. It's not really what people are looking for. But if you live here or are in town and want a place to ride fairly uninhibited, it's great. Don't get me wrong, I love having it so close, it is without doubt the best place to go riding within 30-45min of Sacramento, and offers miles of car-free riding, running, etc. Just shouldn't be so high on the Top 100.
I've ridden this trail numerous times and am always amazed by the quality of the trail and the scenery. If you're looking for a short-ish loop (10-12 miles), I recommend getting on at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery on Hazel and taking the trail through the woods on the southern side of the river up to Negro Bar in Folsom, crossing over the river and returning along the river on the northern side. You can't go wrong with this one!
I ride this trail weekly. You forget you're actually riding through Sacramento. American River Bike Trail is all paved but also runs parallel to unpaved levees. You will find a couple of spots to jump (if you're in to that). Trail is not technical, but riding along the American River provides good scenery. Excellent for MTB Beginners & road cyclists.
We rode this trail with our 6 y.o. twins on the trailer bikes to old town sacto. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn just outside of Discovery Park and it was just a hop over to the bike trail. Overall a very enjoyable ride and I would have liked to ride more of the trail.... next time!
a paved bike trail should not be # 1 in the best mountain bike trails in the US!
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