American River Bike Trail Closed South of Negro Bar – Folsom Lake SRA

The following is an update on the American River Bike Trail closure just south of Negro Bar in the Folsom Lake SRA from the local Superintendents office of the California Department of Parks and Recreation:

On the night of Saturday, January 22, 2017 a portion of the Orangevale Bluffs failed and a large area of rock and soil covered the American River Bike Trail. The trail is currently closed in both directions just south of Negro Bar. The area has been evaluated by a geologist and was deemed too unstable at this time to conduct clean-up and repairs of the trail. We have been advised to wait until spring to allow the area to dry out and stabilize prior to placing heavy equipment in the area that could trigger additional slides. Fencing, barricades and signs have been erected on both sides of the slide to define the closure area. Because of safety concerns we ask everyone to please stay out of the closed area, additional slides could occur at any time without warning. Cyclists and other recreationists should use the bicycle trial on the south side of Lake Natoma as an alternate route between Hazel Avenue and Folsom Boulevard.


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16 Responses to American River Bike Trail Closed South of Negro Bar – Folsom Lake SRA

  1. Papa G says:

    This section of the ARBT has now been closed for over 2 years. When is it scheduled to be repaired and reopened? This is a greatly missed section for walkers and riders headed up to and from Beals Point. What’s happening?

  2. Taylor Craft says:

    Can anyone explain the lack of expediency on this? It’s been almost 2 years now. This is a very popular recreation area and the closure affect many people. You’d think there would be progess.

  3. Ed Martin says:

    Please repair and reopen this section of trail ASAP. This is an extremely popular trail for bicycle riders. This repair is really not all that difficult. Just bulldoze the rocks out of the way and put up a retaining wall.

    This blocked trail is a major inconvenience to the thousands of bike riders who use this trail every year.

    Thank you

  4. Anonymous says:

    Still closed as of September 17th- the area above looked like more rock will be falling- but folks were still walking; running; and carrying their bikes over… seems like there should be a way to get the area stabilized and cleaned up sooner than 2 years. Took 8 months to do bridge repair sooo… I guess 2 years seems reasonable

  5. Elizabeth Young says:

    When will this section of the trail be repaired and open?

  6. Jen H says:

    the closure is only affecting the trail along the bluffs, correct? the trail going up to folsom past willow creek isn’t impacted, is it?

  7. Anonymous says:

    It was still closed on July 26.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Still closed?

  9. run26mi says:

    I was informed by a Park Ranger that the trail could be closed for a significant amount of time, perhaps 18 months to 2 years due to the number of agencies involved, and the apparent instability of the bluffs above the slide area.

  10. Cecilia says:

    Is the trail still closed? We plan on riding from Sacramento to Folsom next week.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The trail is still closed near Negro Bar as of 5/14/17.

  12. Anonymous says:

    When open?

  13. Nick says:

    This past week, we learned that the Negro Bar section remains closed following the rock and soil failure in that area that resulted in a trail blockage back in January of this year. We are aware of no other closures along the trail at this time.

    We welcome postings from our website visitors related to trail closures and related details.

  14. Will says:

    Any word on when this will be opened up?

  15. Kevin says:

    Is the trail still closed near Negro Bar?

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