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American River Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 2,640 Feet (822.9 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 520 Feet (162.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 7.6 Miles
USGS Map: Duncan Peak




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General Description

American River Trail is an easy 7 5/8 miles, lightly used trail at an elevation of 2,640 feet. This trail follows the North Fork American River (a Wild & Scenic River) from Mumford Bar Trail to the Sailor Flat Trail, a distance of 7 5/8 miles. Along the way you intersect the Beacroft Trail, which leads out of the canyon.

The trail offers a variety of overlooks as it meanders along the river, passing through dense vegetation, past old cabins and mining sites, and through small meadows.

The trail crosses Tadpole and New York Creeks, which can flow heavily in spring and could be difficult to ford. The trail crosses private property in places and care should be taken to stay on the trail. The trail is closed to all motorized vehicle use.

Directions from I-80: Directions #1: Take the Foresthill exit and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. 17 miles beyond the Ranger Station you will see a trailhead sign on the left for Mumford Trail. This trail leads to the American River Trail.

Directions from I-80: Directions #2: Take the Foresthill exit and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 19.9 miles from the Ranger Station to the trail sign and make a left to the trailhead for Beacroft Trail. This trail leads to the American River Trail.

Directions from I-80: Directions #3: Take the Foresthill exit and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue on Foresthill Road for 25 miles to Sailor Flat Road and turn left. Go one mile to the trailhead for Sailor Flat Trail. This trail leads to the American River Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May-June through October-November (NOTE: Open season depends on snow.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Presumeably open, but access trails are inaccessible. Updated: 2005-02-08 12:15:00.0


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Filed By: ferk (woodland, ca)
Time of Day: all day
Length of Time: overnighter
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: took the sailor flat trail till cross country hiked into new york canyon. the trail is blocked by a large deadfall or two at the time so you must park at the road
Conditions: some snow, many, many, many mosquitoes. saw bear tracks and deer sign.
Water Availability: there is plenty of water if you have a purifier, otherwise bring plenty (1 gal, min)
Recommended Clothing: just bring deet
Suggested Accessories: hatchet and deet



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Fishing for wild rainbow and brown trout is available in this river.
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking American River Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available on this trail.
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Mountain biking is available on this trail.
Yes



Related Activities
Beacroft Trail - Beacroft Trail is a very difficult 2.25 mile, lightly used trail at an elevation of 5,520 feet. This is a very steep and difficult trail which involves numerous switchbacks. As you start down, you will cross the Iowa Hill ditch.

Mumford Bar Trail - Mumford Bar Trail is a difficult 3.25 mile, lightly used trail at an elevation of 5,360 feet. The trail has a nice view of the canyon, Royal Gorge and Mumford Bar Cabin.

Sailor Flat Trail - Sailor Flat Trail is a very difficult 3.25 mile, lightly used trail at an elevation of 6,400 feet. The trail follow an old mining road, then becomes steeper as you drop down to the North Fork of the American River.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Foresthill Ranger District, 22830 Foresthill Road , Foresthill, CA, 95631, Phone: 530-367-2224, TTY: 530-367-2226

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