Foresthill Divide Loop Professional Reviews and Guides
"This loop’s reputation as one of the best allaround hiking trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area is well deserved. Foresthill Divide Loop Trail has a number of access points along the way, so hikers can choose to take shorter versions or start from different points. You will start at the largest of four trailheads on Foresthill Road. Park near Gate 128, Eight Mile Curve, which is your trailhead. Meadows with wildflowers galore and trails winding through foothill-woodland forests provide the backdrop to this pleasantly shaded hike. It’s long enough that you’ll break a sweat, but you won’t have any difficulty staying onroute, with only minor elevation gain and loss."
--Jordan Summers, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press).
"One of the newest trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area's burgeoning trail system, the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail (FDLT) is pure fun - a singletrack loop that dips and climbs, swoops and rolls, twists and winds. It passes through oaks and manzanita as it wriggles back and forth across the ridge that divides the North and Middle Forks of the American River. This thoughtfully designed and immaculately built trail goes to show that it does make a difference when trails are planned and constructed with mountain biking in mind. Once again, thanks and gratitude should go to FATRAC for their trail-building efforts and to ASRA land managers for their openness to and support of mountain biking. If all areas shared such a great partnership, we'd be in two-wheeled heaven."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Robin Stuart, Mountain Biking Northern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
Very good single track, moderate to difficult. Mostly in pine forest, Plenty parking. Require $10 parking fee as of July 2012.
A really nice scenic trail of easy technicality that I would rate higher if the highway was not so close. Quite an easy trail but really fun.
I gotta say goin up the south side of the trail was pretty touph but goinr down the north side made it all worth it! It was my first trail ride and because of it Im about to buy a new bike I may not eat for a week but at least I can go on this trail again!
This was a good trail with nice sierra foothills scenery. I completed the ride clockwise but most bikers go counterclockwise. I found the trail to be moderately strenuous with some rocks and tree roots on climbs. I rode this trail in August and the temperature was 96. This trail provides for a lot of shade but there are a few exposed climbs that can be really hot. I used about 40oz of water but I was pretty dehydrated when finished. I found that the trails.com provided map and instructions were very accurate. I’m going to ride this trail again in September, it’s worth another ride, this time without the map. Enjoy.
I am a newbie to the sport and I must say that this is no easy trail for a first timer. It is a bit challenging in handling some of the terrain but nothing that can't be overcome. I personally love the scenery and the downhill action. I have ridden the trail twice and will continue to ride it due to its beautiful views. There aren't that many people utilizing the trail too which makes it a plus when ridding. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone looking for a good ride around the Sacramento County.
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