Update: 20210728: Afternoon visit, fun as always, stream has running water
Sam Trail is located 10 minutes drive out of Saratoga city center, turning into Sanborn Rd. from hwy 9 and you will see the side road parking on your left.
Sam Trail is a short easy walk along the Sanborn creek. The creek has year round running water making this excellent and nearby family getaway trip for hot summer day.
Due note: The parking is on the left side of the road.
If no parking spot is available keep driving until you see additional side-road places to park, this is the end of the trail and you can park here.
The trail start from Sanborn road, take the clear trail entrance at the left side of the road and get down into the creek.
Just flow the easy trail, enjoy the running water and the nice forest, once done go back to your car.
After 1/4 mile into the trail you will reach the new bridge, just before the bridge there is a new trail on your left. This 5.1 miles trail climb the mountain and cross them all the way to Saratoga Quarry Park.
Link to my blog: Saratoga Quarry Park
The Sam Trail hike itself keep going in the dense wood, some forked trails are leading up to the road on your right and some unmarked trails follow the main river canyon on your left for additional 1/2 mile.
All the trails in the creek are easy, near the stream running water and in a nice wood, overall excellent place to visit with kids.
Right after crossing the new bridge there is a trail post that direct you to Sanborn county park.
You need to cross the road, climb the steep hill and after 0.5 mile you will reach Sanborn park, Welch-Hurst House section.
After crossing the road the trail climb for a short section the hillside and than level up.
soon after you will reach Walden Pound and the youth house.
Here you can enjoy the small pound, hike back or hike in the direction of the main section of Sanborn County Park via Nature trail.
Parking and hike starting point: