Mumford Bar Trail

Area Status: Open

The Mumford Bar trail is 3.51 miles long each way. It begins at Forest Road 88-023 and ends at Government Springs. The trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. The trail is steep and only advanced bikers should attempt it.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Difficulty Level:  Difficult Use level:  Light  Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns.  

General Information


Trailhead Access: From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 17 miles on Foresthill Road and turn left into the primitive Mumford Bar Campground. To access the trail, there is 5/8 of a mile road (at the back of the campground) that starts out as a 2WD road, but becomes a 4WD road. 2WD vehicles should park in the developed area on top. Motor vehicles are prohibited on the trail. 

General Notes:

Trail description: This is a popular trail to the North Fork of the American River and is used by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. The trail is well shaded. At ¾ of a mile down the trail, there is a nice view of the canyon, and straight ahead a view of Royal Gorge. About halfway down the trail the poison oak begins. Be careful, as the leaf is not shiny, but looks like a maple. At the bottom of the trail is Mumford Bar Cabin, which has been restored, but only for viewing. There is access to the river with opportunities for camping, fishing, gold panning, and swimming. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. You can continue upstream from here on the American River Trail. (See description on following sheet). 

ELEVATION: 5377 to 2632 feet


TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Westville, Duncan Peak

 For More Information: American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631

(530) 367-2224

(530) 367-2226  TDD  

NOTE: Water is often not available along the route.  Only water from developed systems at recreation sites is maintained safe to drink.  Open water sources are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.  Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams should be properly treated before drinking.  You may wish to carry water with you.  Another method of treatment is to use a backpacker’s water filter.  However, the best way is to bring to water to a full boil for 5 minutes. 


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking


Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Camping

Horse Riding

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.51 miles

  Elevation : 
2632 feet - 5377 feet