The Salmon Falls Darrington Trail starts just off Salmon Falls Rd and traces around the shore of Folsom Lake. It is an intermediate level ride. There is free parking south of bridge and about 200yds north. In all the total ride distance is about 19 miles, stayed left all the way to peninsula and then back. Overall the difficulty is moderate to slightly advanced which may cause some riders to dismount for a quick hike-a-bike. There are multiple Y intersections, and trail runs both directions so watch the blind corners.
Me: intermediate level
Free parking south of bridge and about 200yds north.
Distance: 19miles, stayed left all the way to peninsula and then back.
Time: 2 45hrs
Difficulty: moderate to slight advance with areas u will have to walk.
Misc: multiple Y intersections, and trail runs both directions so watch blind corners.
Tons of cops on Eldorado hill and Salmon falls blvd so watch speed on the drive in.
Sights: lots of lake views.
Firm believer in rating anything to it's most difficult level. Considering the start of this ride can easily put an intermediate level rider over a 60-80 foot drop with even a small mistake, I think it should be rated advanced.Ride starts scary (see above). Single track has considerable elevation change, mix of very rocky with stretches of smooth trail. Several downhill/uphill switchbacks with a little finess required. Again several areas that might be considered more than intermediate. Very fun ride UNTIL you decide to continue up Salmon Falls trail (note there is a small trail sign that routes you to the actual trail), Salmon Falls Trail is a small fire road that goes for miles uphill with no down hill. You want a workout and you are in Great shape take this road all the way up........There are many trails off the main trail, if you haven't done this ride before take the advice I didn't, go with someone who has been there before.Extremely Fun Ride
This is a nice trail in the Sacramento area that is deserving of its own trip. There is a dirt parking lot on the northwest side of the bridge which is where the trail starts. Parking can be tight during rafting season so get there early or be prepared to ride a little bit. The first 50 yards are posted no riding due to a large cliff. After that it is smooth sailing with only a few technical sections. At the spilt about 3.5 miles in, stay straight and take Flagstaff hill, which is about a 750 foot climb in about 1 mile. After this, ride on the fire road at the top, bearing straight, until you hit rattlesnake bar road. Take a left on rattlesnake and ride it until you get to the campground. It is busy in the summer and closed in the winter. Stay left on the campground road until it turns into a locked gate with dirt then go left again. This fire road eventually has a left cutoff onto single track that will take you back to the trailhead. It is about an 18 mile loop with around 1800 ft. of vertical with great scenery and trails. It is around an intermediate/advanced ride and should take around 2 hours. Have fun!
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