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Quarry Trail

EASY 41 reviews
#4 of 20 trails in

Quarry Trail is a 6.7 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.

6.7 miles 603 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.


3 days 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!


6 days ago

hiking


12 days ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking

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


1 month 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


1 month ago

mountain biking

Nice little out & back trail.


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2 months ago

hiking

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.


2 months ago

hiking


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3 months ago

hiking

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.


3 months ago


4 months ago

hiking

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


4 months ago


4 months ago

Fun easy hike.


5 months ago

hiking

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.


5 months ago

walking

Beautiful ,very scenic easy trail


6 months ago

hiking

A nice easy walk with lots of available stops picnic areas bathrooms cool mine towards the end small waterfalls fun easy walk. Lots of old mining stuff when you get back there. Not as many people in morning but gets a little crowded in the afternoon.


6 months ago

hiking

Quarry Loop Trail is a treat now that the American River is flowing. Browns Bar is a short steep uphill, but walking up along a creek makes the effort worth it. Signage is not good, but we managed to find our way. Great views from the ridge line.