38 MILES / 640 FEET
40 MILES / 815 FEET
American River Parkway Bike Trail, Rancho Cordova, Folsom South Canal, and (Eagles Nest), Sloughhouse, and Grant Line Roads.
Biking the Folsom South Canal is a pleasure: restful canal views, quiet (depressed below adjacent countryside), undisturbed (usually no other cyclists). Both rides follow the canal about seven miles; the 38 mile version adds an additional two miles.
Sloughhouse and Grant Line Roads afford relatively unobstructed views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Compared to the 38 mile option, the 40 mile ride adds
rural, quiet Eagles Nest Road
and includes the entirety of Sloughhouse Road.
Carmichael: mile 13.5 of the American River Bike Trail, William Pond Recreation Area, Carmichael, CA
Travel to the intersection of Arden Way and Fair Oaks Blvd in Carmichael, CA (immediately east of Sacramento). Park in the Five Points parking lot (SE corner of Arden Way & Fair Oaks Blvd, away from retail outlets) or on Arden Way, west of restricted parking. Mile 13.5 is at the intersection of the American River Pkwy Bike Trail and the Arden Way access path.
Any portion of the
River Parkway Bike Trail can be used as the start / end point.
Climbing: 640/815 feet, i.e. minimal.
Difficulty: short & easy.
Risks: minimal - urban cycling through Rancho Cordova.