Green Valley Trail

Area Status: Open

The Green Valley trail is 2.62 miles long. It begins at Elliot Ranch Rd. and ends at American River. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking

At a Glance

Permit Info: Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns.   
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Difficulty Level:   Most Difficult Use level:  Light 
Information Center: For more information, follow this link to a brochure on trails. 

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 10 more miles to Sugar Pine Road (Forest Road 10). Follow it for 5 miles until you cross Sugar Pine Dam. One mile beyond the dam, turn right on to Elliot Ranch Road, which is the dirt road just past the paved road to the campground. Travel 3 miles to the signed trailhead and make a left. NOTE: The road is rocky and a high clearance vehicle is advised. 

General Notes:

Trail description: Access to the North Fork of the American River via the Green Valley trail is steep and rocky in places.  There is a 2,200 foot change in elevation in the 2.6 mile hike; good physical condition is recommended to hike this trail. It is possible to continue downriver for a short way, or cross the river and travel upstream into Green Valley, which goes through private property and the trail is not maintained by the Forest Service.  Good fishing is available at times, and river access with limited camping is possible along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. 

Elevation: 4080 to 1867 feet

Difficulty: Most Difficult

Topo Maps: Dutch Flat

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. 


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Day Hiking

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  Area/Length : 
2.62 miles each way

  Elevation : 
1,867 feet - 4,080 feet