EveryTrail is now a part of AllTrails! Please click here to read more.

Quarry Trail

EASY 100 reviews

Quarry Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cool, California 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.

11.0 miles 1624 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding





wild flowers


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.

2 days ago

4 days ago

8 days ago

13 days ago

We could not go beyond after about 1.5 miles. Too much water made a creek that was running across the trail blocked us so we had to turn around.

19 days ago

25 days ago

Easy and scenic. We're lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

1 month ago

Easy parking. Easy trail. Beautiful, crisp day. River running fast and several beautiful waterfuls due to last week's storm.

1 month ago

My wife and i go this trail 11 miles it very nice

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful hike

1 month ago

it was a nice trail but super easy.

2 months ago

Took my dogs out for a quick morning hike after being cooped up due to the weather. Was flat for the first mile or so and then inclined the rest of the way. Didn't see another person out there so was able to let my dogs off-leash. Was a great long-distance hike that we enjoyed! Added bonus it worm them out and they snoozed the whole ride home.

2 months ago

2 months ago

i was working out of town in the area and stopped to see train bridge. the walk is mostly flat because it was the railway. I started with walking to "no hand rail train bridge" it (now has a hand railing). As I looped around and I was told of a mine opening so keeped on walking. big and spectacular concrete structures.
I'm looking to see if there's a tour that opens the gate. I can't find information on the size of the mine.
I would definitely return with my family to show the history of this beautiful place.

3 months ago

Easy, fairly level trail. Not too many people. Highly recommend.

5 months ago

Great trail to take with young children, strollers and dogs.

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!