Quarry Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cool, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Walk along the river where the historic railway once traveled and end up at a stunning amphitheater of carved limestone This great hike along the Middle Fork of the American River ends in a spectacular amphitheater of sheer limestone walls rising around you. Enjoy the natural beauty of the American river canyon and also pass by an enormous cave that was the site of both paleontologic excavations and more mining activities. Learn about the plants and animals present today in the canyon environment as well as the mining history of the region. The trail is wide and smooth (some people even push baby strollers on it) and is mostly level in grade with the exception of the last bit up to the quarry. The trail follows the path of the old railway that was used to carry out the limestone. When it existed, the railway had standard gauge sized tracks and the cars were actually backed down the path 4 times daily to be filled with limestone and taken 7 miles to Auburn for cement production. In 1942 the railroad tracks were taken out for scrap iron for WWII. The state charges a day-use fee for every car parked in the parking area. This mixture of dirt road and singletrack trail is not always clearly marked, especially as it passes through the old quarry. Trail is great year-round but April -June is best for wildflowers.
Easy, fairly level trail. Not too many people. Highly recommend.
Great trail to take with young children, strollers and dogs.
this was my first long hike, and let me tell you it was the best hike ever! Family and pet friendly. You can go for a morning walk or a challenging hike. With out a doubt I recommend this hike. Take your time to see the cave and enjoy the cool A/C like air, or keep pushing your self and take a dip in the river. But honestly all joking aside this hike it worth doing.
Used to be one of my favorite hikes on the middle fork but now it has been overrun by yuppies and liberal types who think they own the f-ing trail! Where did they all come from so suddenly? Spandex and hiking poles are for overly confident amateurs! Trader joes is back in town so why don't you go eat some organic peas and stay the hell out of here! Otherwise the trail is quite pleasant and you can hike for as long as you want!
It was a great hike. We did Easter Sunday after church and went with friends with little ones and a stroller. Beautiful!
Loved this easy trail. Perfect for my husband and I with the 2 and 6 year old. Only complaint was that there wasn't much shade this time of year. Next time we'd come earlier in the morning. It was mostly flat with a few picnic tables and port-a-potties for a little brake which was perfect. The little guys didn't make it all the way to the old mine which was a bummer but played in the river instead. Nice little day hike
Nice little out & back trail.
This is a walking service trail. When you get to the old Quarry the coolness of the mine is very refreshing and up until then it is pretty flat except for a little incline you need to go up to get to the mine. After that it is up and down and you could go on for as long as you like because the trail leads in to other trails. Very nice hike if you want to get some good walking in.
This was a great hike for kids and dogs. Not much traffic for a late may saturday. It runs along the river with a few access paths along the trail to get down to the water. There's a cave entrance that blows cool air onto the trail, a great place to stop and rest.
Hiked this one and wasn't disappointed.
Dog friendly, lots of trees and the black hole of Calcutta was neat to see.
Fun easy hike.
A nice easy trail, great for a walk. When you get to the old crushing mill, make sure you go up to the old cave. They dont let you in but you can feel the cool breeze coming out.
We continued on to the waterfall which is almost to the junction of a trail coming from Cool. Almost 6 mi from the parking lot where the middle fork turns north in a straight line. It is a nice waterfall. Had to cross a couple of creeks (easy).
Spring is a great time to see these trails with all of the water.