trail running



nature trips



wild flowers

dogs on leash



horseback riding

kid friendly

mountain biking


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

Nice hike

The perfect day hike. Beautiful and changing scenery. The trail is almost entirely covered by oak and pine canopy. Use the All Trails app or a map for the first time because there are lots of additional trails that meander from the main route. Take the loop counter clockwise if you want to minimize steep uphill climbs. The entire loop took me about five hours at a casual pace with a few scenic detours along the way.

3 days ago

Done this one a few time since it’s close to home. Fairly easy hike, took my 65 year old grandma and she did fine on it. Many spots to swim in beginning, beautiful scenery.

A nice walk under the Foresthill bridge. I saw several deer and other wildlife at dusk and throughly enjoyed my hike. Follows the river to the outlet. Once you reach the Lake Clementine RD, there is no signage so turn left and pass the gate. I descended down to the lake to finish the trail. Didn’t like the pavement bit at the end. Other than that a great exercise for the weekday.

Wow, I had no idea there is an old mining town on the other end of the Stevens Trail! It is a bit of a long drive out to the trail head on a very windy one lane road. The trailhead itself feels like it is somewhat in someone's back yard--it felt a little awkward being a first timer and being new to the east side of the trail. Very good vigorous hike though with a beautiful spot on he river at the bottom the could provide good swimming. The trail itself has eroded in some places and requires some sure footing at points so be careful.

great views, but not easy as indicated. It's moderate to strenuous.

5 days ago

Cool trail--well maintained. Today was a lovely fall day. We saw a dozen or so trail runners, one other hiking party, and a bunch of turkey buzzards. We'd do it again.

10 days ago

12 days ago

The river was beautiful aqua color with good access to swimming holes. Accompanied by local golden retriever. Hiked under canopy of trees.

12 days ago

Son really enjoyed this hike. River offers nice backdrop to a pleasant walk. Very little traffic during week, when we went.