The River Access Trail that branches off about a 1/4 mile into the start of this ride parallels the American River.
Start in parking area and take South Fork ART (American River Trail)
east. After a brief section of doubletrack, you'll hit some covered flat, fast and twisty singletrack. Eventually, you'll come to a fork - one leads back to the parking area (making a 2.5 mile loop) the other heads south and leads to a short, fast downhill section. Continue through a creek crossing, after which you'll begin a switchback climb with nice cover.
On the ridge of this climb, you'll have a cool breeze and great views of the American River. The descent from the climb is fast and fun and ends at the Up Down Trail
. Turn left and take the trail down, then up until you see the East Ridge trail connection. Head up the doubletrack until you get to another T intersection and the top of the Up Down Trail
. Head down (right) this trail until it joins back up with the South Fork ART Connector
. Return along the same trail, but now you get to enjoy the fast downhill switchbacks leading back to the creek.
This ride has a combination of flat, winding singletrack, some medium level climbs and both switchback and straight downhills. Makes for a very scenic and fun ride.