Several years ago, we hiked on the Sweetwater Trail, west from the Salmon Falls Bridge. A new trail opened October 1 heading east from the Salmon Falls Bridge. The South Fork American River Trail runs 25 miles all the way from the Salmon Falls Bridge to Greenwood Creek.
With no baseball or basketball scheduled for the weekend, we took off early in the morning hoping to beat the rain forecast for later in the day. Much to Jack's chagrin, we hiked about 7.20 miles in just under three hours.
The first mile plus of the trail climbs about 400 feet through brush, but after that you travel through some nicer wooded areas. Sharon and I will probably try to come back at some point and do a longer hike of 12 to 15 miles.