Where to go Biking in Sacramento
Sacramento may not be the most bike-friendly city in the world, or in the state of California for that matter, but it still has much to offer. From easy paved roads to challenging dirt routes, the region boasts bicycle trails for every level of cyclist from casual hobbyists to hardcore road racers and mountain bikers. We’ve compiled a list of the best bike trails in Sacramento below to help Sactown cyclists find the ride that’s right for them.
American River Parkway (Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail)
The 32-mile paved two-lane trail that runs from Old Sacramento to Beal’s Point in Folsom is considered to be one of the finest in the nation and is good for riders of all stripes and skillsets. Riders can take in beautiful scenes of nature as they traverse terrain that is mostly level and shaded. As for facilities, there are plenty of water fountains, restrooms, and telephones along the way. Due to its popularity, the trail does get crowded in certain hours so make sure to watch your surroundings and be courteous to others.
Sacramento Northern Bike Trail
This lesser-known path extends for just under 10 miles, running through historic neighborhoods and idyllic rural areas. Leisure riders will appreciate the old bridges and structures as well as the parts that run along a beautiful stream. There are numerous shaded areas and rest kiosks along the trail where cyclists can take a breather. This is a great trail for those who want to enjoy a scenic ride without having to deal with crowds of other cyclists.
There are plenty of bike trails at Folsom Lake, including one that winds past the fish hatchery, dam, and the aquatic center of the university. More advanced riders can hit up the Loop trail, which has plenty of turns and climbs. There is even a skills course with a pump track, mountainous field, and 15-foot tall wall for the “extreme” breed of BMX and mountain bike riders.
Granite Bay Trail
The trail, which is adjacent to Folsom Lake off Douglas Boulevard, is great for both beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. It is mostly singletrack over dry, sandy hills and ridges, with plenty of gradual inclines and declines. There is a $12 fee for day use, so don’t forget your wallet at home!
The experienced California bicycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm hope you have a fun and safe ride, wherever you decide to go.