Trail follows the North Fork of the American River from the Mumford Bar Trail to the Sailor Flat Trail. Along the way you intersect the Beacroft Trail, which is another access route. This 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. Good fishing is available at times and limited camping is available along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs & lanterns. Use caution at the trail crossings at Tadpole and New York Creeks, which flow heavily in spring and could be difficult to ford. All trails in the North Fork of the American River are closed to motorized vehicle use.
- Distance 7.36 miles each way
- Difficulty Easy
- Website American River Trail
- Best Feature Good fishing is available at times and limited camping is available along the trail
From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Rd and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. This trail may be accessed from any of the following trails: Mumford Bar, Beacroft, and Sailor Flat.
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