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This historic trail offers great bird’s eye views of the confluence area and American River Canyon.
This historic trail offers great bird’s eye views of the confluence area and American River Canyon. Its gradual gradient offers a good aerobic workout climbing 800 ft in 2 miles from the confluence to the top where it intersects Russell Road at a gate (#138). The history of this trail dates back to the mid-1800s. The trail climbs through riparian corridors as well as some typical foothill chaparral areas. Wildflowers bloom in the spring in several areas. There is little shade, so take water and sunscreen on hot summer days.
Trailhead is at confluence area, 1¾ miles south of ASRA Park Headquarters. Take Hwy 49 from Auburn south to Old Foresthill Road at the bottom of the canyon. Continue straight for ¼ mile and park on the left. Trailhead is just beyond parking area of green gate (#137) near a kiosk and port-a-potty.
The Little Bald Mountain Trail begins near the historic Robinson Flat Guard Station.
Located just north of Folsom Dam, Beal’s Point has 69 family campsites that will accommodate trailers and motor homes up to 31 feet long.
A year-round creek meanders through the north end of the park, and playground and picnic areas are nested in shaded areas.