Jedediah Smith

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Trail Distance: 32 miles
Time Estimate: 13 hr+
Elevation Gain: 455 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $5
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

Next time your dog needs some exercise, pay a visit to Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. Since the trail parallels the American River, it should be no surprise that it is also known around town as American River Trail. No matter what your pup want’s to call it, one thing is for sure, they’ll love trotting along this pawsome trail.

While there are several access points, the main trailhead is inside Discovery Park. If you have time, check out this pawsome park before beginning your walk. When your pup is ready to go, hop on the trail and start your journey east. Your furry friend will love getting in some doggy cardio while enjoying the views of the river. Since the trail passes numerous parks, take a couple detours and let your pal check out new territory. You’ll also find plenty of picnic benches along the way.  Most people don’t travel the trail in its entirety. If you do, arrange for a pick up and drop off, or park a shuttle car at the Beals Point.

This is a very pupular multi-use trail and many people use it for commuting. Expect to see joggers, cyclists, equestrians, roller bladers, and other dog walkers. Since it is quite busy there are some expectations of trail users. Those travelling on foot and paw are asked to use the left soft shoulder. Passing should be done on the left and only after a verbal warning. Also, to help keep the trail fresh and clean, pet waste bags are made available.  

Restrooms are available at Discovery Park and the other parks that the trail passes. Be sure to bring plenty of water. Riverside shrubs create some shade on the trail, but it can get pretty warm during the summer. A walk on this trail is sure to make your pup’s tail wag with delight!

Trail Features
Easy Incline, River, Urban
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The trail is almost entirely flat, which makes it easy on your doggo's knees. The only real elevation gain occurs towards the end near Beals Point.
Address
Discovery Park 1600 Garden Hwy
Sacramento, CA 95833
Hours
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Address
Discovery Park 1600 Garden Hwy
Sacramento, CA 95833
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset