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Salmon Falls Trail to Flagstaff Hill

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 3.9 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This route features the Salmon Falls Trail with a climb and descent of Flagstaff Hill.


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Map Key

14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

85%

Singletrack

1,397' 426 m

High

471' 144 m

Low

1,929' 588 m

Up

1,927' 587 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

48%

Max Grade (25°)

This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.

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Overview

This route features amazing views and extremely technical, rocky singletrack for more experienced riders.

Description

This is an alternate route splitting off from the popular Salmon Falls Trail (aka Darrington Trail) near Lake Folsom, California.

Head west/southwest on Salmon Falls (Darrington Trail) looking for the split just after the switchback at Hancock Creek. From here, expect a very steep climb ( > 20% grade in some sections) up to the top of Flagstaff Hill on Salmon Falls Rd, which is a granny gear trail at best.

Turn left onto the Flagstaff Hill Connector and get ready for a rowdy descent. The payoff at the top on Mickey Mouse Connector Trail is worth the climb with great views of Folsom Lake and surrounding area and two highly technical and extreme downhill singletrack sections ( > 30% grade) with lots of challenging rocky descents and switchbacks.

As a lollipop loop, you'll meet back with Salmon Falls Rd which you'll retrace back to the Salmon Falls (Darrington Trail) back to the parking area.

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Matt Hindman

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 13 votes

#1868

Overall
  3.9 from 13 votes
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#241

in California

#1,868

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A tight technical descent with a little air time thrown in awaits on the Mickey Mouse Connector Trail.
Feb 16, 2017 near Granite…, CA
Salmon Falls-Folsom Lake, CA
Aug 11, 2017 near Granite…, CA
Flowing singletrack.
Feb 28, 2016 near Granite…, CA
MM Decent
Dec 3, 2017 near Granite…, CA
I can see for miles!
May 6, 2016 near Granite…, CA
The view of Lake Folsom is pretty phenomenal from the Mickey Mouse Connector climb.
Jan 4, 2017 near Granite…, CA

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Feb 21, 2018
Marc Emmett
Downhill narrow, steep, and bumpy road. Too much air in the tires probably. Trail was hurtful today 15mi
Jan 30, 2018
Nate Scott-Orman
Jun 17, 2017
Don B
Jun 17, 2017
Joey Browning
Yep, it's a double diamond on the back side...
May 21, 2017
Christopher Claur
Apr 22, 2017
Dan R
First ride. 6mi — 1h 30m
Jan 6, 2013
Britt Siedentopf
Always a great local go to. Many different terrain types. Ridden this 10 + times. Bring plenty of water during the summer, as it can get pretty hot. 24mi — 3h 00m