Lets hike the Stagecoach trail from the American River at the Confluence up to the Foresthill Bridge.
This is a moderate hike climbing up the hillside for about a mile each way. The views of the American River and the canyons are amazing. Once we reach the top, we can walk across the Foresthill Bridge. This is a harder hike then we usually do, but worth it! The trail is wide enough for a stroller, but the incline in about 20 to 30%. I wouldn't advise it. Dogs are allowed, but on a leash. I hope you and your family can join us.
Pack a lunch and enjoy the playing in the river afterwards.
Parking is limited, so come early! You may have to hike from your parking place to our meetup location.
From 1-80 E in Auburn
Take the CA-49/Grass Valley exit toward Placerville 0.2 mi
Turn right at CA-193 E/CA-49 S/Grass Valley Hwy 0.1 mi
Turn left at Lincoln Way 0.2 mi
Continue onto CA-193 E/CA-49 S/High St
Continue to follow CA-193 E/CA-49 S
Destination will be on the left 2.8 miles
The closest address to this meeting point is the Ranger stations at 501 El Dorado StAuburn, CA 95603. The Confluence is about a mile on the left after the Ranger station. Parking is free on the side of the road. Meet you at the sign by the outhouse.
Here's some info on Foresthill Bridge:
Crosses American River
Locale Sierra Nevada, California
Height 730 feet (223 m)
Longest span 2,428 feet
The Foresthill Bridge over the American River is the tallest bridge in the U.S. state of California. It is sometimes referred to as the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge or the Auburn Bridge.
Originally constructed to accompany the Auburn Dam, the bridge stands 730 feet above the riverbed. It was built in 1971 by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and opened in 1973. The bridge spans the North Fork of the American River between the towns of Auburn and Foresthill in the Sierra Foothills . Pedestrians can walk the length of the bridge in both directions. There is anti-Auburn Dam graffiti, showing protest of the planned dam, on the bridge's underside. The bridge has become a popular site for BASE jumping.
The bridge can be seen in the beginning of the action movie XXX in which Vin Diesel's character Xander Cage is seen driving a stolen red Chevrolet Corvette off of it, then jumping from the car mid-flight and parachuting to his accomplices at the bottom of the American River Canyon. It also appears in a montage sequence toward the end of the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth.