Access to the North Fork of the American River via the Green Valley Trail is steep and rocky in places. There is a 2,200 foot change in elevation in the 2.6 mile hike; good physical condition is recommended to hike this trail. It is possible to continue downriver for a short way, or cross the river and travel upstream into Green Valley, which goes through private property and the trail is not maintained by the Forest Service. Good fishing is available at times, and river access with limited camping is possible along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs & lanterns.

  • Distance 2.62 miles each way
  • Difficulty Difficult
  • Website Green Valley Trail
  • Best Feature Good fishing is available at times, and river access with limited camping is possible along the trail
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing

From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. continue 10 more miles to Sugar Pine Road (Forest Road 10). Follow it for 5 miles until you cross Sugar Pine Dam. One mile beyond the dam, turn right onto Elliot Ranch Road, which is the dirt road just past the paved road to the campground. Travel 3 miles to the signed trailhead and make a left. NOTE: The road is rocky and a high clearance vehicle is advised.


  • Bear River Park Campground

    Bear River Park Campground

    Colfax, CA

    In the park, family and group camp sites are available.

    2500 Campground Road, Colfax, CA 95713
  • Codfish Falls Trail

    Codfish Falls Trail

    Foresthill, CA

    This easy trail provides beautiful views of the North Fork American River and leads to an impressive 40′ waterfall.

    Ponderosa Way, Foresthill, CA
  • Whitewater Connection

    Whitewater Connection

    Coloma, CA

    Rich in gold rush nostalgia, and blessed with breathtaking beauty, the Middle Fork of the American winds its way through a deep and remote canyon in the heart of the Mother Lode. Alternately wild and serene, the Middle Fork offers a combination of thrills, excitement and quiet wilderness.

    Coloma, California 95613