American Discovery Trail, California 5 Auburn to Sacramento is a 55 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Auburn, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is part of the American Discovery Trail which starts in Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Delaware and ends at Point Reyes, California. It is California segment 5, 55 miles from Auburn to Sacramento. The Pioneer Express Trail, which coincides with the American Discovery Trail, starts on the rim of the North Fork American River Canyon at the edge of Auburn. It drops 818 feet in 3.3 miles on roads and trails to the American River at the point where Folsom Reservoir starts, if it is full. The trail then follows the reservoir/river edge downriver 22 miles to Folsom, through Auburn State Recreation Area and Folsom Lake SRA. The forest changes from pine and oak to oak woodlands, with good wildflower displays most years. From Folsom to Sacramento the American River Parkway follows the American River along river gallery forests and open fields. The paved path is the parkway, the Pioneer Express follows it closely with a natural surface.
The trails are pretty steep. The views were excellent. The only problem I had was heat. That's just me... I would recommend this place to anyone.
The outlook trail had very nice view point where you can overlook the river and mountains. It was a beautiful sight.