South Fork American River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Folsom Lake State Recreational Area. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 495 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,956 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restrooms. The trail ends near the "Love Comes Softly" movie set picnic site.
South Fork American River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This 12-mile section of hiking trail was opened in October 2010, joining a 25-mile trail system along the South Fork of the American River. From the outset, your trail follows the track of the South Fork American River–Gerle Loop Trail in the previous hike. You’ll pass the movie site at Cronan Ranch, then continue on open terrain all the way to Skunk Hollow at the Salmon Falls Bridge. You trail generally stays about 120 feet above the river. From that vantage, vistas encompass the whole ecosystem throughout the hike."
--Jordan Summers, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press).
"There is something magnificent about blue oaks standing on a hillside, glowing in the earlymorning sun. Seeing the same sunlight glowing golden on a pristine river also offers some magic. Magnolia Ranch is one of those wonderful places where the trees, river, and hills also accompany some great hiking trails. The Magnolia Ranch trails are on land that has been purchased by the American River Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, and other partners in order to preserve them for recreation and wildlife conservation."
Sounds lovely, thanks for sharing Owen!
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