South Fork American River Trail (Int. 6+ miles)

Title: South Fork American River Trail

Type: Out and back

Cool Features: A riverside hike in December.

Description: We will start at Salmon Falls Bridge and hike on the South Fork American River trail till we can get down to the River, have lunch and then return the same way. The first 1-2 miles of the hike is somewhat of a climb. It's a good workout but nothing serious. From the map notice the distance from the River. Once we get to where the River is close to the trail, we will stop and have a nice lunch then return the same way. Rain cancels.

Best time to visit: Cooler Months

Hike Route Map:Map shows our route from Salmon Falls Bridge to where the trail is close to the River.

Elevation Gain/Loss: About 450 feet

Terrain: South Fork American River trail

Distance: ~6+

Difficulty Rating: Int. 6+ miles  "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level: Able to hike 2-3 hours

Expected Duration: 5-6 hours Probably back to park n ride by 3-3:30

 Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):

Depart:  8:30 from Folsom Park n ride.  meeting time is 8:15 to arrange carpools and then prompt departure.
Departure Trailhead: 9:15 am at the trailhead (see directions below)

Type of travel: Carpool to trailhead

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 3 liters of Water, Snacks or light lunch, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Membership Required: yes

Suggested donation: $4

Suggested carpool donation: $5

Fees: N/A

Permits: N/A

Dogs: No Dogs Please.

Map to Trailhead: 

Directions to Trailhead:

Head southwest on Folsom Blvd toward Iron Point Rd  56 ft
2. Take the 1st left onto Iron Point Rd 1.8 mi 


3. Turn left onto Prairie City Rd  0.6 mi
4. Turn right onto Blue Ravine Rd  3.8 mi
5. Continue onto Green Valley Rd  2.9 mi
6. Turn left onto Salmon Falls Rd

We will park on the north side of the bridge and walk to the trail as there is a fee for the parking.

Destination will be on the left  5.8 mi
Salmon Falls Bridge El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


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  • Donna O.

    It was a beautiful day and a really good hike with a great bunch of folks. I'll be keeping my eye out for Carol's future hikes. Merry Christmas to all.

    December 22, 2013

  • Lynn

    Our host, Carol Sodestrom, was excellent in organizing and leading the group on our scenic hike on this beautiful winter day. Carol, it was a pleasure getting to know you and many thanks to you for your time, energy and effort in getting everyone out and back safely!

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Sreenath K.

    Carol, we missed the group. We just got back home. We (3 of us) hiked for 10+ miles ..

    1 · December 21, 2013

  • Raju U.

    I am almost reaching the trail head..will be there by 10min.

    1 · December 21, 2013

    • Carol S.

      Sorry, we missed you. If I had known, we would have waited.

      December 21, 2013

  • Carol S.

    very nice trail with nice group

    December 21, 2013

  • Tawnya S.

    I am looking forward to the hike and meeting you all - thanks to Carol for organizing this hike! In order to ensure that I am on time, I will meet you at the trailhead. Thanks :)

    December 20, 2013

  • Tina

    Was looking forward to this hike but something came up. Hope to make the next hike.

    December 20, 2013

  • Lynn

    I will meet at the park and ride.

    December 20, 2013

  • Raju U.

    I will meet all of you at trail head.

    December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet at Folsom Park n ride and to join a carpool

    December 19, 2013

  • Grace

    I will be at the the Folsom Park N Ride to join a carpool

    December 19, 2013

  • Katy L.

    My daughter and I will meet at the park and ride. So there will be two of us attending. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    December 19, 2013

  • Kristine T.

    Will mweet at park n ride

    December 18, 2013

  • Donna O.

    I'll meet y'all at the Trailhead.

    December 15, 2013

  • Seng X.

    will meet at Folsom Park and Ride and carpool with someone.

    December 9, 2013

  • Gary P.

    Thanks for posting this Carol. Great time of year for this trail... The North side of the canyon location of this trail is pretty hot in the summer. Appreciate your hard work volunteering to lead.

    December 3, 2013

  • Lynn

    Carpool from Folsom Park and Ride.

    December 1, 2013

    • Lynn

      Hi Carol, Would like to plan to carpool with you. Will you hold two seats for a friend and I? Looking forward to this. Thanks, Donna

      December 1, 2013

    • Lynn

      Carol, yes I mentioned membership was required and asked her to join TMH to do her own RSVP when we talked this morning. Just wanted to start planning the transportation options. Should have clarified that. Thanks, Donna

      1 · December 1, 2013

  • Elena

    see you at trailhead

    November 29, 2013

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