dogs on leash
In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 900,000 visitors a year. Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Over 30 -private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA. Auburn SRA is made up of the lands set aside for the Auburn Dam. California State Parks administers the area under a contract with the US Bureau of Reclamation
went on this trail first thing this morning and it was really nice because most of the trail was shaded on the way out. It's an easy trail and has a besutiful scenery. The only down side was there was a bit more traffic than I'd like and there's a $10 parking fee. If you decide to go later in the day wear lots of sunscreen because it gets sunny and hot. overall I enjoyed the hike and might do it again sometime.
I went today for my first time and it was nice. I would like to go during the spring time to see the full waterfall because it was pretty much dried up. it's not a difficult trail at all and there was barely anyone there. The only down side to this trail is the drive down, be prepared for roughly 3 miles of a super rough bumpy dirt road. Other than that the area is really pretty and I would defiantly go again.
We walked the whole loop as shown on the map. The trail is shaded almost the whole way, which was wonderful, and the condition of the trail was good; you can walk two abreast along several sections. There was just one section where the trail goes steeply downhill for a few hundred yards, where there was some loose rock and sand. My parents, who are in their 60s and not regular hikers, coped with it okay. It took us five hours to complete the loop, with some generous refreshment stops. There are two convenient places to stop for a snack; the first is the memorial bench to Barbara Barsalou-Schoener, which is maybe 2 miles from the trailhead (clockwise), and the second is a picnic table at the end of the long downhill, at the northernmost point of the loop, maybe 4 miles from the trailhead. Trail signage was helpful to keep us on track, but there were several intersecting trails so it's best to have an idea of where you're going--print out the little map of the trail, and bring a compass just in case.
This is a really good hike. I liked the steepness and I can see why this one is named "Training Hill". I would recommend doing this Loop as a trainer for something like Pyramid Peak. Saw lots of runners and plenty of horses. Will do some side and connector trails next time.
Rick O. on Ruck-A-Chucky Rapids Trail
Make the drive down to the campground area. We made the mistake of deciding to hike down (and back up) the road which isn't that nice of a hike. Once down there though its a beautiful area.