Cronan Ranch Loop Trail South Fork American River

Pilot Hill, California

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The South Fork American River in the Sierra foothills south of Placerville is one of California’s most popular white-water rivers. The South Fork is where gold was discovered by Europeans in 1849, so the river is also rich in Gold Rush history. Not so long ago, public access along the South Fork was quite limited. The American River Conservancy and the BLM are acquiring land for public recreation and habitat purposes along the river. This easy loop trail, in the recently acquired Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, provides a nice ramble through oak and riparian woodlands and foothill grasslands, as well as direct access to the South Fork American River.
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by Steven L. Evans (Wilderness Press)

The South Fork American River in the Sierra foothills south of Placerville is one of California’s most popular white-water rivers. The South Fork is where gold was discovered by Europeans in 1849, so the river is also rich in Gold Rush history. Not so long ago, public access along the South Fork was quite limited. The American River Conservancy and the BLM are acquiring land for public recreation and habitat purposes along the river. This easy loop trail, in the recently acquired Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, provides a nice ramble through oak and riparian woodlands and foothill grasslands, as well as direct access to the South Fork American River.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Pilot Hill
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 220 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Coloma
Topo Map: Cronan Ranch Loop Trail: South Fork American River Topographic Map
Guide Book: Top Trails Sacramento Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

4/25/2010

Such a pretty hike! There's hardly any shade, so yes, it will be a killer in the summer. Not terribly challenging, but enough hills to make it fun (would be great for trail running). We nearly stepped on a rattle snake sunning itself on the trail, so stay alert. We definitely will go back and take some different trails to make it longer.

11/27/2009

I felt the trail was a nice easy hike. It was a little dry this time of the year. There are many different directions that you can take from the up and down trail which is a little more scenic and helps get your pulse up. To the Long Valley Trail that is almost flat the entire way. The river was great and I liked having a place to go to the bathroom, as well as picinic tables. However watch out for ticks if you have dogs. We bathed ours as soon as we got home, but they still got them. Easy to find and we are going back next weekend with friends. Don't let the the full parking lot scare you we hardly saw anyone since there are so many trails to take.

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