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This trail is very steep in places with many switchbacks, as it winds its way down to the Middle Fork of the American River.
This trail is very steep in places with many switchbacks, as it winds its way down to the Middle Fork of the American River. About halfway down across the canyon, there is a pretty cascade of water coming down the canyon wall. The river has good fishing at times, and there are adequate campsites on the large gravel bars along the river. Fire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. Because this is a southerly exposure, the trail can be hot during a warm day, and is a pleasant hike during the spring and fall. Poison Oak is present, especially at the beginning of the trail.
From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 1.2 miles and turn right onto Mosquito Ridge Road. Travel approximately 12.4 miles to the trail sign on the right. Park on the left side of the road in the turnout and then cross the road to begin the trail.
Come for a weekend or stay for a week, with great fishing, water sports, boating, biking or just sitting around the campfire.
Experience the amazing trails on Folsom Lake with private guided 2 hour trail rides.
This is a great family hike to a large, deep swimming hole on the North Fork American River, upriver of the confluence.