Looking for a great trail in Auburn State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 50 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 38 moderate trails in Auburn State Recreation Area ranging from 1.8 to 10.8 miles and from 547 to 2,237 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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river

wild flowers

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kid friendly

mountain biking

horseback riding

waterfall

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

The shortcut is a little dicey, but fairly easy incline

We’ve done this trail several times now in different seasons and with different groups. #1 it’s a great trail for running/training and with large groups. Came here a few times for marathon prep and found it fast, scenic and enjoyable. Also came here on rainy days and that’s nice too because there aren’t a lot of puddles or slippery rocks go scramble over. It’s mostly all wide and flat. Came here once over the summer and it was miserable due to lack of shade. Oh well.

Very good if you’re looking for a good workout.

Great out and back with a small waterfall reward. Good for families with hikers of all ability levels.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike down to the river. Lots of trails to choose from and great spots to swim

Another good one in the pouring rain and wind, tricky footing at the start of the trail head, just enough variety to keep this hike enjoyable and not tedious. Wear rain pants if you go in the winter just in case.

Tough down/up sections, but plenty of places to rest. Plenty of shade. SO WORTH IT to get to the river.

Good trail, it was a great hike. Not that overgrown, just use your AllTrails app to go the right way and you should be fine. Took my dog and she loved it.

ugh! the bugs!! they are unimpressed with bug repellent!! we turned back after 10 minutes because the dogs were swarmed and miserable!!! lost $10 on that! oh well, for the greater good!

hiking
25 days ago

This is a great beginner hike for those wanting an intro to hiking. I would steer clear on the wknds due to mountain bikes. Know your bike commands (bike up or bike back) to alert others on trails and those with pups. These bikes 'move fast'. Lots of dogs. Views are nice of the river. Parking is tough on wknds so arrive early (8a...especially on sunny days). $10 to park/cash only. Happy Trails

very busy mountain bike route on single track

mountain biking
25 days ago

Super easy and fast MTB trail, nothing too technical.

Started out down Cardiac Hill, after reaching bottom, the trail leveled out. Then started ups and downs. Walked along the river, but views not the beat. It was a fun hike, on the way back, took the bypass trails, views improved. Beating day for a hike

hiking
fee
26 days ago

A return visit to an old friend! Traversed this trail several times last year to prepare for a Grand Canyon hike. Great weather, no Poison Oak - at least along the trail, no ticks seen either at the end of the hike.

I am not even sure if I did this trail. i couldnt find the loop back to the parking lot, me and a friend went with the dog. the trail just kept going and at one point we didnt know where it ended. we saw some off trails but they were not clearly marked. we just hiked a bit past brown's bar and back. which was ten miles total. there is some pretty decent incline and decline on this trail. we encountered lots of bugs in our faces, but didnt see the overgrown vegetation everyone on here was talking about. it has some beautiful views of the river. saw some deer. pretty decent hike overall.

Good trail with some decent elevation about half way in.

Saw some foxies running around .

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Took the loop counter clockwise and that was a horrible idea. Major inclines after the midway point. A lot of the reviews are deceiving. Its not a very scenic hike, lots of brush and shrubs that will scratch you up. Your pants or socks will be covered in stickers. Did a total of 9.8 miles so that was the rewarding part but I wouldn’t come here for the views.

hiking
private property
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Should not be rated “Easy.” Was a long immediate downgrade that was very rocky and washed out in sections. Had to drive down a long Private Road that had several scattered properties off of it. Parked in dirt off the road by the marked trailhead. We only walked down about the first 3/4 Miles of trail and decided to turn around.

hiking
closed
fee
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
fee
1 month ago

Trail is busy with mountain bikers be aware. The parking is $10 cash. The trail starts across the road from the clementine trail behind restrooms. Warm in the afternoon. Would not go again but it had nice views of the river below.

We only did a small portion of the Confluence Trail from the Mammoth Bar entrance on Old Foresthill Road while our son was MTB with a friend. This was just a walk so we could kill some time, I wish I had more to tell you.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This trail was pretty shaded, TONS of gnats & flies, and a bit narrow in certain spots. Lots of poison oak, horse poop, and horse back riders. A bit difficult to find the trail near the creeks, I highly recommend using the AllTrails map to navigate your way through this hike. I would say its definitely moderate/hard depending on the trail.

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