trail running




dogs on leash

wild flowers



nature trips

kid friendly


mountain biking

horseback riding


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

will definitely do again

A pretty short hike down to the lake where there is a small access area to the lake. Unfortunately not a lot to see until you get to the lake. but a nice diversion from the connector trail.

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.

Great hike to beautiful scenery. Will definitely be doing it again!

Easy hike. Beautiful water. Cool dam. Can swim and hang out. $10 parking.

Is a beautiful place to hiking with the family

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.

WARNING!! Do not attempt this trail if it's 100 degrees out and you don't have water and snacks. It's a great hike, absolutely beautiful scenery but if you're not prepared you'll regret your choice. Oh and watch out for rattlesnakes!

Beautiful views
Light traffic
A little hard to tell how to get down the damm
$10 parking
A little short

Great being always next to the water..we took a little time out to cool off as it was 100+ degrees out that day. The waterfall was dried out..will go back in spring! The drive down was very bumpy!

26 days ago

had a nice hike, but don't trust all the signs. it's easy to lose the trail. we ended up on a combination of trails. trail does not offer much shade, but is a nice hike with some hills to make you work.

This trail is prefect! Not hard and not to easy!

1 month ago

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.

Great hike. Nice and easy for families of all ages.

1 month ago

Amazing hike with a swimming hole reward at the base. At the top of the hike there is a tiny little town called Iowa Hill with an old store. Super dog friendly!

1 month ago

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.