The natural beauty and resources of Placer County are good for a lot of things. But perhaps the most appealing aspect of being nearby is the golden opportunity to trek along the many hiking trails in the area to admire the wondrous American River Canyons system.
At first glance, the sweeping canyons, dense vegetation, flowing waterways and terrain steepness may give you pause. But if you think that the trails are just for experienced hikers, requiring a day-long commitment, think again.
Set a date and enjoy the great outdoors in Northern California with one of these easy-going and scenic trails in the American River Canyons.
Confluence Interpretive Trail: Here, you can enjoy the wonders of North and Middle Forks of the American River with the trail’s spectacular view. The 2.6-mile trail runs along terrain perfect for viewing the canyon environment and the remains of some historic bridges.
Fuel Break Trail: The trail provides a wide, easy stroll through oak meadows, foothill shrubs and woodlands. The main attraction may be the views of the ridge top. Before you get started, be sure to walk out onto the bridge for a full bird eye’s view of the North Fork of the American River. This hike takes about 45 minutes.
Indian Creek Trail: Summer may be the best time to enjoy this route. The trails allow hikers to enjoy the American River Canyon without having to zigzag in and out. Along the way, you may be tempted take a dip. But it wouldn’t be because you were uncomfortably hot. The oaks and other tree keep much of this trail in the shade, a welcome feature to escape the Northern California heat.
Quarry Road Trail: Here’s another wide trail to test. The leveled trail can be used for an easygoing half-day walk and picnic along the Middle Fork of the American River. If you’re thinking of packing a lunch, tables are available. Beyond the allure of having a picnic within the confines of a canyon, this trail takes you through some of the best scenery in the American River Canyons system. If you’re up for more of a challenge, the Quarry Road Trail offers additional access to other trails, too. A little history is also infused along this path. The trail follows a route of the Gold Rush-era Grand Flume, which was built annually by private mining companies to extract gold from the river in the 1850s.
American River Trail: This trail will take you along the river, dense vegetation, cabins, old mining sites and some small meadows. It’s the perfect combination and encapsulates the true beauty of known as the American River Canyons. The fun does not stop there. Visitors can also cast their fishing poles or set up camp and enjoy marshmallows over a campfire.
The great trails in our area is yet another reason why we LOVE Placer County!