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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

This trail is very basic for anyone in the Sacramento area. The dam is very pretty and one can get some good pictures there. Very popular trail. Half in shade half in sun.

I hiked this trail in January so it had rained recently. There were a few streams cutting through the trail path, most you are able to just go through without a problem, I did get my feet soaked at a couple locations, but other times I had to back track and pick a different path due to the depth of the water. This was not a big deal to me but keep that in mind if you are planning on hiking it during the wet months. Overall, it’s a beautiful and peaceful hike.

I regularly do this hike but starting on the other end and leading to Cool. Always fun to eat there before heading back.

Nice hike! Some larger puddles after the rain, but nothing that couldn’t be avoided. Thoroughly enjoyed this trail.

10 days ago

I'ma give five stars. This is a fun hike. It's actually a bit challenging - - pretty steep.. even the descent will wear on those out of shape. I've done it a few times now and it's become a great hike to build cardio up. I always start off at the top and go down to the water and back up. Next time I'll try doing it two times.
Also beyond the work out, this hike has times where you have beautiful views, mostly shady and at the bottom is the river. So all around its a great hike.

11 days ago

Amazing trail!!

Dewy, but not wet. Road full of cars, but only saw three people.

No matter how many times I do this trail, it still kicks my butt!! Short trail, but the change in elevation gets the heart pumping. I generally follow the trail out towards Cool to get a little more distance in for the day.

And running back down the hill makes the hike up soooooo worth it!

Easy to get to but road side parking can be risky. Great views of the river and canyon. Easy on my dog. Mostly hikers and runners with a couple on horseback.

This was a good hike. Lots of manzanita and one little fern grotto we passed through. Did the loop counter clockwise so walked down the steep incline others had talked about going up. I can see where it would be hot in the summer. Recommend for cooler weather.


Beautiful! :)

Great hike with great scenery.

16 days ago

Short but very steep hike. I did the shorter version but next time I'll push myself to go the extra .7 miles. I wouldn't recommend for beginners.

this trail description starts at the top of drivers flat road which is a dirt 1 lane road to ruck a chucky campground. the road is a little non descript but pleasant walk in the off season. when the road is open there is limited day use parking for a few cars. The trail along the river is beautiful and can be extended up Western States up canyon.

Good hike. Trails are nicely marked- but there are a few different trails. From this trail head you head down and to the left to find the waterfall. We took a few wrong turns- but worth it!! Beautiful hike!

Nice trail pretty decent views

Lots of ups and downs, mountain bikers, and trees. Still gorgeous and not too challenging

very pretty hike! can be done with a jogging stroller too if you dont mind some rocky areas and a couple steep hills

One of the most beautiful hikes I've been on

23 days ago

Nice easy walk

Great views, pretty easy hike, and great payoff at the dam. Watch out for mountain bikers.

Always a nice moderate hike with the beautiful damn at the top. Nice and gradual incline. Watch for tics- especially with dogs. Pulled about 10 off mine.

The view at the end was worth the hike! Coming back down can be a little challenging to the joints for those that aren’t expert hikers. Watch for snakes and Mt.Lions if you’re hiking away from the trails in other places close to the main trail towards the falls.

1 month ago

ok probably won't do again might do tge main trail an see where it gos

I did the full Olmstead Loop. This is a pretty hike on a beautiful fall day. The trails are mostly flat, with a few uphill climbs around Knickerbocker Creek. Saw a coyote and many birds. I got a tick despite wearing long sleeves and pants, so I’ll wear bugspray next time.

Great place to getting some trail running in. Sort of narrow in some parts and people like to ride their horses in the area so be careful.

on Training Hill

1 month ago

did this today after some rain. Trail fine with hiking boots though I can see some parts being slippery with other shoes. The first part is still steep (I keep on thinking it's changed) but very doable, just take your time. Not much scenery until the top and on the way back but still very nice.

trail running
1 month ago

Great place for training. Go counter clockwise twice for a good workout.

No Road Bike Trail! Per the Ranger!

Nice trail, simple but watch out for the mountain bikers!

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