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Confluence of the American River

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Distance
7.17 mi
Elevation gain
945 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
945 ft
Max elevation
1,488 ft
TrailRank 
26
Min elevation
556 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
3 hours 24 minutes
Time
3 hours 43 minutes
Coordinates
2101
Uploaded
December 8, 2020
Recorded
December 2020
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near Bowman, California (United States)

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Confluence of the American River

The American River (Spanish: Río de los Americanos) is a 30-mile-long (50-kilometer) river in California that runs from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River in downtown Sacramento. Via the Sacramento River, it is part of the San Francisco Bay watershed. This river is fed by the melting snowpack of the Sierra Nevada and its many headwaters and tributaries, including the North Fork American River, the Middle Fork American River, and the South Fork American River.

The American River is known for the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma in 1848 that started the California Gold Rush and contributed to the initial large-scale settlement of California by European immigrants. Today, the river still has high quality water, and it is the main source of drinking water for Sacramento.[9] This river is dammed extensively for irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric power. The American River watershed supports Mediterranean, temperate, and montane ecosystems, and it is the home of a diverse array of fish and wildlife.

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