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In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 900,000 visitors a year. Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Over 30 -private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA. Auburn SRA is made up of the lands set aside for the Auburn Dam. California State Parks administers the area under a contract with the US Bureau of Reclamation

hiking
14 hours ago

Great hiking trail. It was beautiful the entire way, great swimming hole on the bottom... Penny the trail guide-dog kept us company most of the way. I would definitely recommend.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

When I hike I have three things that make a good hike. A well marked trail, I don't have to check my app every few minutes: 2. Scenery 3. Something that makes it memorable, difficulty, Terrain, the people you meet.
The hike was rated hard, which means to me 2.0mph. I finished in 2 hours. If you do the whole loop, counterclockwise,it is not hard. there is a 30 minute hard section when you make the turn with 6 steep climbs lasting about 2 and a half minutes each, but that is it.
The right side of the loop closest to the highway is a beautiful tree lined long downhill, gorgeous. When you come to the opening at the turn you can see the American river, then you make the turn and see training hill and like ok here we go. After 30 minutes you peak and start downhill again this time is a massive field. Sporadic trees her and there, in the spring it might be pretty but not the fall.
This hike would have been much better as an out an back on the freeway side of the loop. Beautiful moss filled trees lining the trail on the out and wow I got a great workout on the way back.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was a pretty nice trail to hike on. But be aware that it is much more popular for bikers, so you need to be paying attention with your eyes and ears open for them. For the most part, they were all super polite and announced themselves, allowing us enough time to get out of the way. We only ran into one other hiker the whole time. We started around 9 am, and the shade -> sun ratio on the way out was about 80 -> 20, but on our way back, it was more like 60 -> 40. Beautiful manzanitas and pretty awesome views of Clementine Lake! Keep your eye out for a bench (on your left on the way out), it's a perfect spot for a water break/snack break and has a great view of the lake. I would say it was a pretty good balance of ups and downs, but definitely a moderate to maybe even a little on the hard side for an average hiker. If you are trained up for the hills you should have no problems. I would definitely do this hike again. :] Bring lots of water, as always! There is a cut out to park at right by the trailhead.