Cronan Ranch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 911 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 704 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Cronan Ranch Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
"In Pilot Hill’s Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, this hike of connected trails offers a varied terrain—riparian zone along the South Fork of the American River, blue-oak savanna and foothill woodland above it. Some openterrain trails lead to a movie-set ranch and then loop back to the trailhead. The trailhead for this hike stands only about 5 air miles downriver from Coloma, the birthplace of the Gold Rush. Above and below the section of river that borders the ranch, streams, bars, and hillsides, gold miners sought their fortunes throughout the 1850s."
--Jordan Summers, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press).
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