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Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

 3.7 (6)

32.7 Miles 52.7 Kilometers


100%

Runnable

821' 250 m

Ascent

-373' -114 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

477' 145 m

High

22' 7 m

Low

Shared By Eric Ashley

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A popular urban trail that hugs the American River.

Eric Ashley

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

Bikers have the right of way on the paved trail, so pedestrians are invited to travel single-file on the left shoulder.

Description

This trail is also referred to as the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail, American River Bike Trail, or American River Trail.

Whatever you call it, this great urban trail is a popular option for recreation and commuting. As such, you're sure to find some company out enjoying the river views and the various parks it passes through. For most of its 32 miles, the trail stays very close to the river, benefitting from its cooler temps and sporadic shade.

From Discovery Park, the grade is almost nonexistent until the final section between Lake Natoma and the end at Beals Point. While many runners won't tackle the whole trail in its entirety, the trail can be accessed from several points along the way, and nearby trails and connectors provide an opportunity for out-and-backs and some loops (check out the Lake Natoma Loop).

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Feb 5, 2017
Justin Johnsen
Nimbus Fish Hatchery through loop trails around the dam overlook hill and and near Lake Natoma on a rainy flooded day. 3.8mi — 0h 54m
Feb 4, 2017
Justin Johnsen
Lower Sunrise across the bridge to the Sacramento Bar trails, flooded muddy run. 4.4mi — 0h 53m

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  3.7 from 6 votes

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  3.7 from 6 votes
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I agree with everything Eric said. While this is a biking and running path, I don't really think of it as a trail run, but it's a great place to run. Also, at points there is a bridal trail that can be run which is more of a typical trail run. At other points there are definitely trail run options that come off of the parkway path. Jan 16, 2017

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