Hiking The Salmon Falls Trail

The 8th most popular hiking trail in California.

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Northeast of Sacramento and El Dorado Hills, the 12 mile Salmon Falls Trail (aka Darrington Trail) begins on the bank of the South Fork of the American River and winds through the north side of the river. Great views of the river. Intermediate to advanced in difficulty. It has such great variety of climbs, and descents.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Sacremento, head east on US 50 to El Dorado Hills Exit. Proceed north on Eldorado Hills Blvd. for 4 miles. Past the intersection with Green Valley Road, the name changes to Salmon Falls Road. Continue on Salmon Falls Road for 5.5 miles. Proceed across Salmon Falls Bridge and the trailhead parking is on the left. The trailhead is at the left end of the upper parking lot.

Overall, Salmon Falls Trail is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Salmon Falls Trail including Western States Trail, Foothills Divide, Summit Trail, Owl Creek Trail, Empire Mine State Park and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.


Local Contact(s):  Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (916) 988-0205; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Mar. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Peninsula CG on Folsom Lake

Reference Source:  click here http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=500

Article Source:   Hiking The Salmon Falls Trail https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=6832

GPS:  38.774, -121.0348

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  8/8/2016

ID:  6832

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