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Skunk Hollow to South Fork ART (American River Trail)

 20 votes

Length

13.6 Miles 21.9 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

Elevation

2,136' 651 m

Ascent

-2,148' -655 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

991' 302 m

High

480' 146 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 6 days ago
Dry, Some Mud History

Getting forecast...

Rolling cross country river view singletrack into the past....

Shayne Holderby

Overview

No Horses on first 2.5 miles
This ride starts at the Skunk Hollow Parking area just across Salmon Falls Rd from the Salmon Falls parking area. The trail is scenic with both ridge and river views throughout the ride. The turn around point is an erie step into the past.

Need to Know

Parking area is $10 or you can park about 1/4 mile down road for free. On weekends, expect to pay as there is river access and many lake users in the parking areas.

Description

Start at the NE corner of the parking area next to bathrooms. The clearly marked trailhead leads immediately to rocky switchback climbing to a ridge. Steep downhill leads to more climbing followed by more gradual and less rocky downhill. The ride is virtually never flat, you are either climbing or descending almost its entire length.

Several points along the ride offer great views of the American River. At about mile 4, the trail drops into a valley with narrow winding singletrack in amongst the trees. At this point the ride offers some great downhill and a few switchbacks. After passing through the valley the ride brings you back to the river with an area to stop and have a meal (picnic bench with dedication plaque).

The trail will gradually climb again opening up to a fire road and the Ridge Trail will branch off the SouthFork ART. Further down the fire road another trail will branch off, leading you back to the river (River Access Connector). Continuing past these trails leads you to a gradual downhill to a HUGE open valley with some old turn of the century ranch buildings. At this point you come to the turn around of this ride or you can continue on along one of two other trails, Long Valley Trail or Cronan Ranch Trailhead.

History & Background

Originally a large portion of the land for this trail was owned by the Bacchi family who acquired some of the land from the Murphys and the Central Pacific Railroad. All of the land currently in use for the trail was purchased by the American River Conservancy and the BLM.

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Mar 12, 2018
Adam Chavez
Jan 19, 2018
Joshua R
Entire ride as described with dad. chain broke maybe 2-3 miles from truck on return 13.6mi
Dec 14, 2017
Rob Norris
Perfect fall MTB weather; trail is in decent shape though there appears to be some sort of construction (trail improvement? connectors?) ~mile 2 14.1mi — 2h 00m
Nov 19, 2017
Jonathan Melton
13.6mi
Oct 8, 2017
Tricartertri Tricartertri
Great ride. A lot climbing at the start. Would be hot later in the day. Some fun singletrack, good views of the river, fun downhill. Would do again 13.5mi — 1h 50m
Oct 3, 2017
Jenni Mello
Sep 8, 2017
Glenn Ito
Jul 23, 2017
Don B

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  3.8 from 20 votes

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Matt Brickley
Sacramento, CA
Matt Brickley   Sacramento, CA
Nice ride, clear signage, very exposed with little shade. And as the description said all up or down with no flat areas. Tough on a singlespeed. Aug 28, 2014
CLOSED DUE TO RAIN FALL Feb 27, 2017
Fun ride. Good mix of riding types, with some slightly technical climbing and descending, and some fast and easy descending. Covers a few different types of landscapes. The climb at the beginning is a tough warm-up, and there are some blind switchbacks, so bring a bell. Trail is well-maintained from what I can tell, though a little overgrown in places. Jul 5, 2017

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