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Meadow Vista Trails Assn

MVTA Area Trails

We support multi-use trails!Trails listed on this page are grouped into three sections:

A context map of these areas is available HERE.

All listed trails are Multi-Use (open to hikers, bikers and equestrians) unless otherwise noted.

Please see our Trail Use Guidelines regarding best practices.

MVTA wants to identify and map more of the usable trails in Placer County and other counties nearby. Many date back to the Gold Rush era of the 1850's. Some are much older, such as parts of the Western States Trail, having been created by members of the area's original tribes.

If you have a favorite trail that is not on our list, please send us an email.

Key:

Map to TrailheadClick this icon in the list to view driving directions to the listed trailhead.

Trail Route MapClick this icon in the list to view the trail map or detailed trail info.

one-way distance Indicates a point-to-point (one direction) trail distance.

distance out and back Indicates an out-and-back trail distance.

loop distance Indicates a loop trail distance.

Some trails are designated as "No Horses" due to unsuitable footing, or poor overhead/lateral clearances in wooded sections.

Sorry, mechanized use not allowed. Some trails are designated as "No Mechanized," meaning no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles, due to poor sight lines in areas where there are steep drop offs, creating a significant danger of spooking horses on blind corners.

Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Some trails are designated as "No Motorized," meaning no trail bikes, ATVs or other Off-Road Vehicles, due to erosion or other trail damage concerns.

Wheelchair Trail Available Where indicated, trail(s) have access and are suitable for wheelchairs.

Cougar habitat Most trails traverse "Cougar Habitat." Cougar sightings are rare, but use good sense: Do not walk alone. Keep small children and pets close at hand. Refer to our Trail Use Guidelines page for more about trail hazards.

 

Meadow Vista Area including Applegate, Weimar and Colfax

Driving time to each trailhead from Meadow Vista, center of town, is shown in (parens.)

Trailhead Route Length Features Notes

Map to Trailhead

Combie Road,
corner of Placer Hills Rd.
(1 min.)
 MV Arena Trail:
Roadside trail follows Combie Road and Hillsdale Road to MV Riding Arena,
Trail Route Map
2.5 mi.
one-way distance
Single track, easy grades Be cautious of road traffic.

Key to arena parking area available from MVTA Arena Admin for $5.

Map to Trailhead

Sugar Pine Rd.,
PG&E canal access at corner of Placer Hills Rd. and Sugar Pine Rd.
(2 min.)
Sugarpine Trail:
follows Winchester Estates perimeter
map
6.4 mi.
loop distance
Woodland views; single track, flat to moderate grades, except where trail climbs over Sugarpine Mtn. (about 500ft) Generally good footing; passes close to private homes in some places, stay on trail and be considerate.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed.Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Weimar Institute,
I-80 at West Paoli Exit
(20 min.)
 Weimar Institute Trails:
private trail network
map
1 to 5 mi.
loop distance
300 acres of trails in pine, oak and manzanita groves Many trails are wide and groomed; others are single-track. Some are designated No-horses.
Sorry, no mechanized use.Sorry, motorized use not allowed.Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Cerro Vista Rd.,
Applegate
(20 min.)

Note: The Cerro Vista parking location and the Boole Road parking location, listed below, are about 1/4 mile from each other.

Map to Trailhead

Boole Road,
Applegate
(20 min.)
Cerro Vista Ridgeline Trail
map
4 mi.
loop distance
Canyon views; oak and manzanita groves; creek waterfall. mostly single track and old wagon trails; minor grades; route uses some paved road sections.
Cougar habitat
"Assassin's Trail"
Boole Rd. to junction with Heather Glen trail
map
5 mi.
distance one-way
Canyon views; single track and old wagon trails. Mostly flat, but with a long, steep grade midway.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed.Cougar habitat
 Upper Clementine trail:
to Am. River and back
map
5 mi.
distance out and back
Canyon views; riverside rest stop; wading/swimming. some moderate climbs/descents; optional ford of river in summertime
Cougar habitat
Boole Training Hill:
route between Upper Clementine trail (near Long Point) and Cerro Vista Ridgeline Trail
map
4 mi.
loop distance
Canyon views; serious hill climb. steep climb with several good spots to pause and enjoy views; downhill direction not recommended for horses unless leading.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Esoteric Trails, Applegate (20 min.)

Note: Trails in the Esoteric Society's land should not be used without an ID Badge, avaliable to MVTA Members on request. Contact our Trails Coordinator for more info.

Private Trail Network on grounds of old Esoteric Publishing Society.
map
4 mi.
loop distance
Canyon views; pine forest and manzanita groves; historic buildings from late 1800's. Gated access to eastern end of Assassin's Trail. Graded roads, old wagon roads and single track. Access allowed for MVTA members with gate key; not open to general public.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
"Assassin's Trail" west to Boole Road trailhead
map
5 mi.
distance one-way
Accessible from back gate of Esoteric grounds.

Canyon views; single track and old wagon trails.
Some steep climbs/descents
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Heather Glen Trail to lower Codfish Creek and North Fork of American River
map
5 mi.
distance one-way
Accessible from back gate of Esoteric grounds.

Mostly wagon roads, some single track. Oak, Sugar Pine and Ponderosa forest; very secluded. Views into Codfish Creek canyon and Vore Mine area. Side trail at bottom to Codfish Falls. Wading and swimming in Am. River.
Last 1/4 mile down to Creek is very steep. Ponderosa Bridge can be reached from Codfish Creek via a narrow foot trail (not recommended for horses.)
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Grubb Mine Trail to upper Codfish Creek crossing and Vore Mine Trail
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
5 mi.
distance one-way
Accessible from back gate of Esoteric grounds.

Partly wagon road, mostly single track. Oak, Sugar Pine and Ponderosa forest. Views into Codfish Creek canyon.
Last few hundred feet of trail down to creek is narrow and footing is sometimes poor. Footing when crossing creek is also tricky.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Bear River Campground,
Colfax
(20 min.)
Bear River Camp Trails,
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]

loop distance
Variety of trails near the Bear River
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Bunch Canyon,
Yankee Jim's Rd. off Ponderosa Way, Colfax
(20 min.)

Note: Directions are to a wide turnout that is part way down Yankee Jim Rd. Riders may want to stage from here. Entire road is driveable, but not paved below here.

Yankee Jim's Road to Shirttail Canyon Bridge and back
map
7 mi.
distance out and back
High suspension bridge over American River's North Fork at confluence with Shirttail Creek, a Mecca for bungee jumpers and kayakers. Dirt road continues to Foresthill (add another 15.5 mi. to your round trip) and passes Bridalveil Falls, a spectacular creek waterfall 1/2 mile from the river. Graded dirt road; easy going. Watch for vehicle traffic (infrequent on weekdays.)
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Ponderosa Bar,
Weimar
(20 min.)

Note: Ponderosa Bar was a real saloon, not a gravel bar along the river. Their parking lot remains available, but please don't leave a mess behind. Riders should thoroughly spread any manure or take it with them.

BLM access road to Ponderosa Bridge,
map
3.25 mi.
distance one-way
Canyon views; suspension bridge over Am. River, swimming hole with sandy beach. Good footing; long moderate grades on drivable dirt road; very exposed in hot weather (use caution on climb-outs.)
Cougar habitat
Ponderosa Bridge to Codfish Falls
map
3 mi.
distance out and back
River and creek-side views, Codfish Falls Single track trail follows west side of Am. River downstream and then Codfish creek upstream to falls.
Sorry, no mechanized use.Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Ponderosa Bridge to Foresthill Road:
BLM access road continuing to Foresthill Road
map
3.3 mi.
distance one-way
Canyon views; cross suspension bridge over Am. River and continue uphill. Good footing; long moderate grades on drivable dirt road; very exposed in hot weather (use caution on climb-outs.)
Cougar habitat
Sorefinger Point trail to North Fork, Am River
map
6.5 mi.
distance out and back
Canyon views; graded private road (Do not drive down; there is no parking allowed.) long moderate grade on dirt road.
Cougar habitat
6+ mi.
loop distance
Proceed about 1/4 mile past Sorefinger Road turnoff; look for green gate on left. Hilltop area adjacent to Ponderosa BLM road has numerous Mt Bike trails Single track dirt trails, some very steep downhill runs
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Stevens Trail,
Colfax
(20 min.)
 Stevens Trail to Am. River and back
map
7 mi.
distance out and back
Spectacular canyon views; rugged waterfalls; wildflowers profuse in Springtime moderate grades; very narrow cliffside passage in one place. Note: Stevens Trail is not recommended for horses beyond where it passes the old mine entrance.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Trailhead Route Length Features Notes
 

Auburn Area including Foresthill and the Western States Trail

Driving time to each trailhead from Auburn, I-80 at Hwy 49 exit, is shown in (parens.)

Trailhead Route Length Features Notes

Map to Trailhead

Hidden Falls Regional Park,
Auburn
(30 min.)
Hidden Falls Park trail network
map
6+ mi.
loop distance
Open to riders, walkers and mountain bikers, the park (formerly the Spears and Didion ranches) was first opened to the public in October, 2006. Easy to moderate grades on well-conditioned, single and wide-track trails.
Wheelchair Trail AvailableSorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Cool Trailhead Parking
(30 min.)
Olmstead Loop Trail (aka, Knickerbocker Trail)
map
10 mi.
loop distance
Spectacular views of Sierra Range; Canyon views. State Park location: parking fee applies. Rolling hills, with some moderate grades. Note: there are plank bridges over some creeks, but they are NOT built for horses
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Ro-B loop Trail
Wendel Robie Loop begins/ends at the Hwy 49 limestone quarry entrance.
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
15 mi.
loop distance
Beautiful ride through lush wooded ravines and natural meadows; Canyon views; adjoins the Auburn Lake Trails trail network. Mostly single-track; moderate to steep grades; crosses Hwy 49 (traffic is heavy at times)
no bikesSorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Drivers Flat,
Foresthill Road, roadside parking
(30 min.)
Foresthill Divide Loop Trail
map
10 mi.
loop distance
Beautiful ride through lush wooded areas; Canyon views. Multi-use, mostly single-track; moderate grades; crosses Foresthill Divide Rd twice (traffic heavy at times)
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Drivers Flat,
Foresthill Road, off-road parking
(30 min.)
BLM road to American River and Western States Trail at Rucky Chuck
map
4 mi.
distance out and back
Canyon views Steep, but wide graded road down to campground by the river.
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Foresthill Center
at Yankee Jim's Road
(25 min.)
Yankee Jim's Road to Shirttail Canyon Bridge and back
map
15.5 mi.
distance out and back
Beautiful ride through lush wooded areas, Canyon views, Bridalveil Falls (1/2 mile before the bridge.) Steep, but wide graded road down to suspension bridge over North Fork of American River.
Cougar habitat
Western States Trail
Lake Tahoe to Auburn

Map to Trailhead


Tevis Ride Trail
100 mi.
distance one-way
Forest trails which cross the Sierra Nevada summit above Squaw Valley. Passes through wilderness areas and BLM lands, finishing at Auburn. These two annual endurance events use the same 100-mile trail with only minor course differences. Combination of single track, wagon roads and logging roads.
no bikesSorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead


WS Run Trail

Map to Trailhead

Auburn Staging Area
(5 min.)
Am. River Trail, climb out via "Cardiac Hill"
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
6 mi.
loop distance
Auburn Dam site; Canyon views. long, steep climbout with switchbacksno bikesSorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Western States Trail to Cool
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
7 mi.
distance one-way
Crosses American River via No Hands Bridge, continues to town of Cool some steep climbs/descents
no bikesSorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Am. River Trail to Rattlesnake Bar
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
10 mi.
distance one-way
Views of old Auburn Dam site; Canyon views; views of Lake Folsom. moderate grades; single-track, rocky in places
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Rattlesnake Bar,
Loomis
(20 min.)
Am. River Trail to Sterling Point
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
5 mi.
distance one-way
Wooded shoreline, views of Lake Folsom. State Park location: parking fee applies. Single-track, good footing, but rocky in places
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Sterling Point,
Granite Bay
(30 min.)
Am. River Trail to Granite Bay
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
3 mi.
distance one-way
Wooded shoreline, views of Lake Folsom. Not a State Park location: No fee. Single-track, good footing, but rocky in places
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Granite Bay Park
(35 min.)
Am. River Trail to Beals Point
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
3 mi.
distance one-way
Wooded shoreline, views of Lake Folsom. State Park location: parking fee applies. Single-track, good footing, but rocky in places
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Beals Point
(40 min.)
Am. River Trail to Negro Bar
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
10 mi.
distance one-way
Wooded shoreline, views of Lake Folsom. State Park location: parking fee applies. Single-track, good footing, but rocky in places
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Negro Bar
(45 min.)
Am. River Trail north to Auburn Staging Area
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
30 mi.
distance one-way
Wooded shoreline, views of Lake Folsom. State Park location: parking fee applies. Single-track, good footing, but rocky in places
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Trailhead Route Length Features Notes
 

High Country Areas including the Pacific Crest Trail

Driving time to each trailhead from Auburn, I-80 at Hwy 49 exit, is shown in (parens.)

Trailhead Route Length Features Notes

Map to Trailhead

Diggins Hill Road
Dutch Flat
(30 min.)
Dutch Flat to Mule Springs
Park at edge of town of Dutch Flat; cross dam at Dutch Flat Reservoir (Yuba River) to Mule Springs
map
10 mi.
distance out and back
Historic Mule Springs site (Camp used during Donner Party rescue efforts) wide, graded roads
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Euchre Bar,
Alta
(45 min.)
Old mining trail to Am. River and then to Humbug Creek and back (trail also continues to Foresthill Divide at Baker Ranch, an additional 5 mi. round trip)
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
15 mi.
distance out and back
Spectacular vistas of North Fork river gorge; suspension bridge at river crossing; scattered remains of original gold mining equipment; Old Dorer Mine (abandoned) Long, steep canyon decent with many switchbacks; trail narrow in places with steep, 200-ft. dropoffs to river
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Royal Gorge,
Soda Springs
(55 min.)
Royal Gorge Trail Network. Some trails are still being readied for use as of 2014.
map
Various routes on trails network
loop distance
Easy to moderate grades on well-conditioned, single and wide-track trails. Summer use only. Riders, walkers and mountain bikers welcome. The area was first opened to the public in 2013.
Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Pacific Crest Trailhead, I-80 South Side
(55 min.)
Pacific Crest Trail, I-80 to Hwy 40
PCT route leading South to Hwy 40 near Sugar Bowl ski area. PCT continues South toward the Granite Chief Wilderness.
map
7 mi
distance out and back
Gorgeous mountain vistas and alpine meadows. Moderate to difficult grades on mostly single track trails. Some trail sections are very rocky. Little or no water on trail in some areas The PCT crosses under I-80 via a tunnel, just east of the Donner Summit highway rest areas.
Sorry, bikes not allowed Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Pacific Crest Trailhead, I-80 North Side
(55 min.)
Pacific Crest Trail, I-80 to Paradise Lake
PCT route leading North passes beneath Castle Peak and Peter Grubb Hut. Side trail goes to Paradise Lake. PCT continues toward Sierra City.
map
14 mi.
distance out and back

Map to Trailhead

Looney Meadows
off Hwy 20
(90 min.)
Interpretive Trail around Looney Meadows and other area trails
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
5 mi.
loop distance
Beautiful alpine lakes and streams; excellent camping spots. Looney Meadows loop is fairly flat, but other trails have long climbs and decents.
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Eagle Lakes Exit,
off I-80
(45 min.)
Eagle Lakes Trailhead to Fordyce Creek
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
20 mi.
distance out and back
Beautiful alpine lakes and streams; spectacular views of Sierras some steep climbs, some smooth granite areas
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Skillman Campground,
off Hwy 49, above Nevada City
(45 min.)
Multiple routes within a network of trails
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
Many possible loops
loop distance
Skillman Reservoir area; pine and oak forests good footing; single track and graded logging roads; some steep climbs; creek crossings.
Cougar habitat

Map to Trailhead

Lasier Meadows Horse Camp,
off Hwy 89, N of I-80
(120 min.)
Pacific Crest Trail Access
map
[Trail map not yet avaliable]
any distance, North or South
distance out and back
Wide, unobstructed Sierra range vistas; wooded canyons; horse camp with four paddocks at trailhead. some steep climbs, rocky in places; little or no water on trail in some areas
Sorry, bikes not allowed Sorry, motorized use not allowed. Cougar habitat
Trailhead Route Length Features Notes

MVTA tries to assure the accuracy of the trails information presented,
but can make no claims to such. Please let us know if any entries are incorrect.

Email your comments or questions to our Trails Coordinator.