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Cronan Ranch

View of Cronan Ranch hillsidesCronan Ranch Regional Trails Park signCronan Ranch river view

Cronan Ranch & Magnolia Ranch Permitted Events

NOTICE:  Permitted events will be taking place on public lands.  See dates below.
  Both Magnolia Ranch and Cronan Ranch trails will be affected.
All trails will continue to be open for public use during these events.
Some temporary crowding will occur at trailhead.  Please plan accordingly.




JDRF River RunCronan TrailsMay 14, 2016
Fleet FeetTrail Training7/10/16 and 9/25/16

All permitted events will be staged at the Magnolia Ranch Trailhead.

The Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park is located in Pilot Hill, California. The Park contains 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching and other passive recreation. The Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset year round. There is a wide variety of terrain to choose from, including gently sloped to challenging hills, oak woodland and gentle riverfront trails. Each season offers a diverse experience.

The land for this park and river trail corridor was purchased by the American River Conservancy, BLM and other partners over a period of 16 years and placed into public trust to be used for recreation and wildlife conservation. The purchase was made possible through generous donations by individuals, private foundations and government agencies, including the Wildlife Conservation Board and the California State Resources Agency.

Ultimately, the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park will connect with the South Fork American River corridor trail that will run from Greenwood Creek to Salmon Falls.

To better enjoy your visit, please remember the following:

In General:

  • Only non-motorized recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other similar passive activities are allowed.
  • Portions of this trail system border private property. Please respect the rights of private property owners by staying on designated routes at all times.
  • Please be aware that there are mountain lions and rattlesnakes in the Park.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Fuelwood cutting and collection is prohibited.
  • A Special Recreation Use Permit is required for all commercial, organized groups, or competitive activities.
  • Pack it in - pack it out and ... pack a little extra if you can. Help us keep this area clean.


  • The discharge of firearms is prohibited except in the course of licensed, in-season hunting activities.
  • Hunting with rifles is prohibited within the Cronan Ranch Management Area during any season.

Hunting at Cronan Ranch (pdf map 3.3 mb) 

 South Fork American River - Public Lands Vicinity Map (pdf map 2.4 mb)

Cronan Ranch Final Management Plan (pdf 1.9 mb)