Cloverdale & Clear Creek
Gorge-ous Views Along the Way
The stunning views of Clear Creek as it winds its way through rocky gorges is reason enough to visit this trail system, but it’s not the only reason. You can cruise for miles along the Clear Creek Greenway trail, stopping along the way to swim, fish, or both! This trail leads into the more rugged and challenging trails of Cloverdale. With multiple loop options and amazing viewpoints, this trail system is popular for all trail users, including those that prefer to let their horse do the walking.
Piety Hill Loop
Clear Creek Greenway Trail
Clear Creek Gorge Overlook
This 1.7 mile loop runs along Clear Creek Canyon, which is hundreds of feet deep and has great whitewater kayaking. This gradual grade is near the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve, where tubers and novice kayakers enjoy the rapids the creek produces. This only gives you more sights along the ride to Clear Creek Gorge. If you do take a dip, just make sure to portage before the Clear Creek Gorge as it is too dangerous for water sport usage.
Grasslands to Creeksides
Piety Hill is a 3.9 mile loop with stunning views of Clear Creek Canyon and the Sacramento Valley, where water travels from the Klamath Mountains and into the Sacramento River. These gorgeous views await anyone who takes this loop trail throughout the entire year. A majority of this trail is within open grasslands and oak woodlands, which only enhances opportunities for scenic vistas.
Salmon or Gold
After the discovery of gold in 1848 near Sutter’s Mill, Major Pierson B. Reading discovered gold on Clear Creek. The result was a creek turned upside down. Due to the wildly successful efforts to restore its salmon runs, Clear Creek now hosts increasing numbers of spawning fall Chinook salmon. Even if it’s not salmon spawning season, you’ll still be fascinated by some of the earliest gold working features in California.
Stop Along the Way
This day-use area is a must visit! The rocky gorge is a summertime favorite for people looking to jump into the cold clear waters of Clear Creek. If you aren’t quite that adventurous, there is a great picnic area where you can take in the beautiful views and watch for giant salmon and steelhead that make their way up the creek to spawn.