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Green Valley Trail is a very difficult 2.25 mile long, lightly used trail at an elevation of 4,080 feet. This trail accesses the North Fork of the American River. There is a 2,240 foot change in elevation in the 2.4 mile hike, so one should be in good physical condition. It is possible to continue down river for a short way or cross the river and travel upstream into Green Valley and through private property. However, these sections of trail are not maintained by the Forest Service and may be difficult to follow in places.

Directions: From I-80, Take Foresthill exit and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Road to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue on for 10 miles mores to Forest Road #10. Follow it for approximately 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. The road is rocky and a high clearance vehicle is advised.

Elevation: 4,080 feet

Ending Elevation: 1,840 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,240 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Tahoe National Forest, California

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