trail running




dogs on leash


nature trips

wild flowers


kid friendly


horseback riding


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

Very beautiful views of the river and greenery, but also extremely challenging to run with some steep sections. Mix of single track and wider path. Was very muddy when I went, would like to try again under better conditions. Would also be a nice hike.

It was fun, moderately easy, pretty scenery. We did some modifications to keep it to 5 miles and it was a great morning adventure.

on Confluence Trail

2 days ago

Good moderate hike. Surprisingly void of other hikers on a Memorial Day weekend!

Nice wide trail most of the way, and most of the way has at least sparse shade if you start early. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but cannot go to the water of Lake Clementine, not even to kayak or camp.
From the trailhead at the Confluence, it is a slow and steady uphill until you reach the end of the dirt trail and hit the pavement down to the lake and the "Rainbow Falls" skills at from the dam at the lake.
I went mid morning on a weekday and had the trail mostly to myself and my German Shepherd. When we got to the lake parking lot just up the hill a bit from the falls, I spoke with the gal working the toll booth and got the skinny on the rules of the lake and hours of operation, where to put in a kayak, etc. Her name was Andrea S., and she was very nice.
I would call this trail family friendly. It has bathrooms at the start, and I'm sure there are some down by the boat ramp, I just did not see them.
It was about 96 degrees in the shade at 1:00 on 6/22/17, the first full day of Summer, so pack accordingly with water, and a wide brim.
I would definitely do this hike again, but would do it more often if my dog was welcome at the lake, as it is, I plan to take the kayak...sans dog, up to check it out at another time.

Definitely go early during the summer. Extremely warm. Look out for rattlesnakes on trail.

9 days ago

This trail has its own convenient parking lot. Drive on 49 past the confluence and lot will be on the left with a small driveway down to it. Annoyingly, there is no place to buy the $10 parking permit down there, so buy that first. Trail itself very easy, even for a stroller

9 days ago

Hiked this trail on Memorial Day 2017. Moderate trail until the end. I didn't like hiking along the road the last 20%, but the water flow over Lake Clementine Dam was spectacular. The trail was very crowded due to the holiday, so if you don't like hiking with loud music pumping out of wireless speakers along the way, you may want to avoid on Holidays. Don't forget to pay the $10 for parking along the road or you could get a $70 ticket. We received a warning ticket, which allowed us to return to the fee station and pay the ten bucks after our hike. Apparently this is not the norm, though.

on Training Hill

10 days ago

10 days ago

Beautiful hike. Still very green. Go early. Lots of poison oak. The climb through the canyon is very steep, and narrow.

It's confusing because you have to go down and pay and then you're close to the viewpoint for the falls. to get to the trail, you have to walk up and hit the trailhead at the hairpin turn. the gate is marked as 140.