Sacramento: Take Interstate 80 North towards Auburn. Follow
the signs to highway 49 South. You will twist through town, and its
easy to miss a turn, so pay close attention to the signs. At the edge (literally)
of town, 49 drops into the American River Valley. Its kinda cool,
one second you are in the middle of this town, and the next you're falling
off the edge of the earth on a really steep curvy road. Its a couple
really curvy miles past Auburn to the bottom of the canyon. This
is called the "confluence". When you get to the bottom, you will
see the river to your right. 49 turns right and crosses the river
at the T intersection. Go straight (towards Foresthill) at this intersection
instead of following 49. There is dirt parking along side the road
immediately after the T. Park somewhere. Get ready to ride!!
If you want to start at the top of the trail, take highway 80 Russell Road Exit. There is a dirt parking area on the right side of the road about a mile from Lincoln. The trail is at the end of the dirt parking area.
Technical Option: For some good technical dirt, try Manzinita
Trail. It starts a little ways from the end of Stagecoach and rejoins
it besides the bench on Stagecoach. Ride to the top of Stagecoach,
and turn left on Russel (actually the street name changes right there,
but I can't remember what its called at that particular point) when
you get to the top. About 100 yards down the hill, turn left when
the road Y's. Bear right on this road. In a 1/4 mile it dead
ends into Manzanita Trail. There is a gate at the start of the trail.
The picture to the left is on Manzanita, that's a killer spot. It
was one of those moves that I was totally out of control, and somehow pulled
it off (almost took a dip in the little creek right underneath this -Yikes!).
There's only one turn, but it isn't marked so here you go. Just after the start and after a really good climb, there is a 160 degree switch back to the left. A trail goes straight, but you don't want to take that (actually you can, it's kinda interesting but I don't remember if it goes anywhere). Anyway, turn hard left and head up the trail. About a mile or so up the trial there is a cool view and a bench to take a break on. To the left just after the bench is where Manzanita Trail comes out (see above). Turn around and start down when you hit the dirt parking lot and the road.