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Quarry Trail

EASY 51 reviews

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.

11.0 miles 1577 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 day 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.

hiking
12 days ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

3 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!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

It was a great hike. We did Easter Sunday after church and went with friends with little ones and a stroller. Beautiful!

4 months ago

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

mountain biking
4 months ago

Nice little out & back trail.

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

5 months ago

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6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this one and wasn't disappointed.
Dog friendly, lots of trees and the black hole of Calcutta was neat to see.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Fun easy hike.