American River Trail

Tahoe National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,970ft
Trailhead Elevation2,868ft
Elevation Min/Max2663/3313ft
Elevation Start/End2868/2869ft

American River Trail

American River Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 2,868 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,970 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mumford Bar Trail, Beacroft Trail (Topo Trace) and Sailor Flat Trail.

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Hiking The Sierra Nevada (Falcon Guides)
Barry Parr
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"Miles of trails explore the deep, remote canyon of the North Fork of the American River, but the effort required to get there keeps the crowds away. With the help of a car shuttle, this hike descends to the American River Trail via the Mumford Bar Trail and climbs back out on the Beacroft Trail. It’s worth the effort not only for its pristine beauty and old mining history, but for its challenging off-season backpacking possibilities."

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Trail Information

Tahoe National Forest
Nearby City
Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest, Foresthill Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Duncan Peak.
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