The American River watershed has hundreds of miles of trails suitable for mountain biking. You can also ride the roads along the river or cross some of the many bridges. For more information on trails and groups, visit the sites below.
Mountain Biking Trails & Guides
Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) – This mountain biking group has three goals: maintain local trails, keep the public informed and ride. Site has info on group rides, trail maps, trail work parties, club meetings, photos of rides, advocacy issues and quarterly newsletter.
Mike’s Favorite Mountain Bike Rides – Includes a description and photographs of a 16-mile out and back trail ride from Salmon Falls Road down to Salmon Falls Bridge, plus links to many northern California rides.
Sacramento Singletrack Scorchers – A women’s mountain biking club in the Sacramento area. Has rides, membership information and photos of past rides.
Tahoe National Forest – GORP’s guide to mountain biking in the Tahoe National Forest.
TahoeBike.com – Links page for mountain biking in California.
Road Cycling Trips & Clubs
Beautiful Vista: Bicycle Rides in El Dorado – Great resource provides descriptions, mileages, elevations and printable maps for several dozen bicycle rides in El Dorado County. The rides vary in length from six to 50 miles, and all but one are suitable for road bikes. They also post a schedule of Wednesday evening group rides.
Bicycle Plus: Northern California Ride Maps – Links to northern California bicycling routes.
Bike Trails in Folsom – Photos of riders and construction on the trails in Folsom, and a link to a PDF of the extensive City of Folsom Bike Trail Map.
Central California Cycling – Lists Richard’s favorite bike rides, including the Coloma to Camino Century. Each ride link connects to a general description of the ride. The rides are configured for road bikes (no off-road routes). Most rides offer Century (~100 mile) and shorter options.
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates – A group that represents bicyclists. Their aim is more a safer trips by bike. Links to biking resources, classes and forums.
Sacramento Area Bikeway Maps – Six detailed bikeway maps for the Sacramento area, including an excellent map of the American River Parkway. An 11″ x 17″ PDF is available for download. Hosted by Sacramento Valley Cycling.
Sacramento Bike Hikers – The oldest continually active cycling club in the Sacramento area, founded in 1968. Their focus is on recreational and tour cycling. Has photos, club ride and tour lists along with history and an online mailing list.
Sacramento Valley Cycling – Providing links to Northern California bike clubs, centuries and events, regional information, announcement, touring, Sacramento information, weather and bookstore.
Sacramento Wheelman – A non-profit organization for cycling and related acitivities based in Sacramento. The club was formed over 30 years ago and currently has over 700 members. It is well known for sponsoring the annual Sierra Century, a premier cycling event in northern California.
September 10, 2017 Motherlode Century Fall Classic
Rolling through ranch, forest, farms, and vineyards the 6th Annual Motherlode Century fulfills what avid cyclists search for. The 35 mile (2,824’ of climbing) loop provides a sampling of all the good elements of riding in the Gold Country, while the 66 mile (6,430′ gain), 82 mile, and 95 mile (9,177′ gain) routes add a remote canyon with two rewarding climbs and awe inspiring scenery. Attentive SAG support ensures riders a comfortable experience, and everyone will enjoy well stocked aid stations, a big lunch (66 – 95 mile riders), and a delicious riverside dinner welcomes you at the finish. Post ride soak in the cool river, hot showers, massage, craft beers and local wines.
This ride helps support the Friends of El Dorado Trails, building trails throughout the County.
Our host venue American River Resort offers $10 camping, tent cabins, RV spaces and cabins to serve all your lodging needs; or try some of the other hotel and B&B’s. Other valley attractions include rafting, hiking in the State Park, and more wineries and breweries than you can visit in a weekend.
More information: Rob Swain 530-545-0698 motherlodecentury.com