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Skunk Hollow to South Fork ART (American River Trail)



13.6 mile 21.9 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack


Ascent: 2,136' 651 m
Descent: -2,148' -655 m
High: 991' 302 m
Low: 480' 146 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)


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Trail shared by Shayne Holderby

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

Shayne Holderby

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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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.


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 31, 2020
Elizabeth Scheehle
Nov 3, 2019
Mike McMullen
May 29, 2019
Sean Baker
May 23, 2019
Michael Robinson
Apr 27, 2019
Héctor Rodríguez
Amazing trail, view, hard but awesome !!!! 15.1mi
Apr 18, 2019
Alan Blanding
Nov 25, 2018
Mike Gates
Nov 4, 2018
Beth Ann Duff

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