Sacramento Northern Bike Trail

Sacramento County, California 95838

Elevation Gain82ft
Trailhead Elevation25ft
Elevation Min/Max23/49ft
Elevation Start/End25/25ft

Sacramento Northern Bike Trail

Sacramento Northern Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Sacramento, California. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 25 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 82 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Along the trail there is parking. This trail connects with the following: American River Bike Trail.

Sacramento Northern Bike Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Sacramento Northern Railroad slices through a cross-section of Central California, leading from the old neighborhoods of Sacramento through the suburbs to the north of town, then out into scenic farmland. You can picnic in Discovery Park or in one of the gazebos along the route, as well as at Rio Linda. Trail surface: Asphalt."

"This rail-trail, mostly flat and nicely paved, cuts north from downtown Sacramento into the suburbs of Rio Linda and Elverta.

A short section is described here, illustrating the provocative dilemmas that urban trails strive to bridge. The route begins amid industry and runs through the strip of riparian parkland along the American River at the border of Discovery Park."

Sacramento Northern Bike Trail Reviews

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A fun, flat fast trail for bikes, when you don't have to stop at road crossings. That's the only drawback: there are multiple road crossings with stop signs, and a few with stoplights, especially closer to Sacramento, and a couple of places where the trail continuation is not obvious that are poorly marked when going southbound. The scenery is very pretty on the northern end of the trail. Though the trail is rated as "hard" because of distance, it's an easy bike. It makes a nice part of a longer ride when linked with other area bike trails and rural roads.

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Trail Information

Sacramento County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Additional Use
Ed Cox, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Sacramento, 927 10th St., Sacramento 95814; (916) 264-5011
Local Contacts
USGS Sacramento East CA; online at
Local Maps