Beacroft Trail

Area Status: Open

The Beacroft trail is 2.36 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 88-036 off of Foresthill Divide and ends at the American River Trail. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking.

American River Ranger District trail crew, conservation corps, and volunteer organizations have spent several seasons cutting back vegetation that made Mumford, American River, and Beacroft inaccessible due to overgrown understory vegetation and fallen trees across the trail. Although they have been cleared over the past three seasons and are noticeably better, the trails are within the 2008 American Complex fire perimeter and standing dead trees fall very frequently. Due to budget shortfalls for non-motorized trails, all of this project work in North Fork American River Trail Network has been funded through non-motorized grants. In 2020, another grant was recently awarded to connect Sailor Flat Trail towards Beacroft Trail along the river. Currently that section is very difficult to navigate through due to overgrown understory vegetation and fallen trees across the trail. Implementation is planned for possibly fall 2020.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Snow at trailhead. Logs may be across trail.
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


Trail Access - From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 21 miles on Foresthill Road and turn left.  The trailhead is up the rocky road. 

General Notes:

Trail description: This is a very steep and difficult trail, which involves numerous switchbacks. As you start down the trail, you will cross the Iowa Hill ditch. Further on you will see clusters of ferns beside the small streams.  At the bottom of the trail at the river, you may continue upstream toward Sailor Flat, or downstream towards Mumford Bar on the American River Trail.  Good fishing is available at times and limited camping is available along the trail. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns

Elevation: 5463 to 2870 feet

Difficulty: Most Difficult

Topo Maps: 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. 


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  Area/Length : 
2.36 miles each way

  Elevation : 
2,870 feet - 5,463 feet