American River Trail

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The American River trail is 7.36 miles long. It follows the North Fork American River between Sailor Flat Trail and Mumford Bar Trail. The trail is open to hiking, biking, and equestrian use. No motorized use is allowed.

General Information


Trailhead Access – From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road 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. See individual descriptions of these trails.

General Notes:

Trail description: This trail follows the North Fork of the American River (A Wild & Scenic 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 and 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.

Elevation: 2870 to 3326 feet

Difficulty: Easy


  • Trail Measurement: 7.36 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 391316N
  • Compass Longitude: 1203246W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.2210139
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.5460392
  • Elevation in Meters: 936
  • Elevation in Feet: 3071

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