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.