American River Bike Path

Sacramento, California

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8 Reviews
4 out of 5
Arguably one of the most successful and beautifully paved bike paths in northern California, this 32-mile gem of a trail stretches from downtown Sacramento eastward to Folsom Dam (64 miles round-trip). Also known as the Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail, the American River Bike Path is nearly 100% separate from vehicle roads (a mile or two shares the road). The route hugs the American River as it ever so gently gains roughly 450 feet elevation as you ride from west to east. The trail is well maintained and mile markers are posted, starting at zero on the western end. You can start from a dozen access points and ride for as long or short as you like. In between the two trailheads, the path leads through a rich riparian en-vironment, graced by an abundance of birds. You’re never far from civilization since the bike path leads past many residential and commercial neighborhoods and city parks (some of which have historical significance).
Mountain Bike! Northern California

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Mountain Bike! Northern California

by Linda Austin (Menasha Ridge Press)

Arguably one of the most successful and beautifully paved bike paths in northern California, this 32-mile gem of a trail stretches from downtown Sacramento eastward to Folsom Dam (64 miles round-trip). Also known as the Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail, the American River Bike Path is nearly 100% separate from vehicle roads (a mile or two shares the road). The route hugs the American River as it ever so gently gains roughly 450 feet elevation as you ride from west to east. The trail is well maintained and mile markers are posted, starting at zero on the western end. You can start from a dozen access points and ride for as long or short as you like. In between the two trailheads, the path leads through a rich riparian en-vironment, graced by an abundance of birds. You’re never far from civilization since the bike path leads past many residential and commercial neighborhoods and city parks (some of which have historical significance).

© 2000 Linda Austin/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Sacramento
Distance: 64
Elevation Gain: 435 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 25 feet
Top Elevation: 460 feet
Local Contacts: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Mobile souce Division
Local Maps: Sacramento Bikeway Maps
Driving Directions: Directions to American River Bike Path

Recent Trail Reviews

10/1/2010
1

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.


3/23/2010
0

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!


7/24/2008
0

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.


6/8/2008
0

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!


7/13/2006
1

a paved bike trail should not be # 1 in the best mountain bike trails in the US!



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