Explore the most popular birding trails in Auburn State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

LOTS of ticks, but very scenic.

Love the river next to the trail.

6 days ago

That first 1.5 miles is a killer but great workout and beautiful hike. Was a little hard to find, didn’t realize you had to take another trail to get to it.. but recommend. Dog loved it!

I started from the dam and found a very overgrown trail (difficult to follow) that followed Lake Clementine’s edge. Keeping the lake to the left of me and following the shore, I ended up at the end of this trail, then hiked up and out on the trail road and made a huge loop back to the dam.

I think this is the hike that I went on recently based on the pictures people have posted. Was not expecting Clark's Hole but it was a pleasant surprise. There's a rock you can jump off of, just be careful because it's slippery. The swimming hole is really deep. Where we were wasn't much space but I think the "beach" stretches out a long the trail (we heard people talking when we were back on the trail walking towards the falls further away from where we had been). There's also fish in the water, so don't be surprised if a trout (?) wants to say hey when you have your feet in the water.

10 days ago

it's a pretty good trail but plain, a few places to see but as a workout is pretty good.

in fact it's a pretty easy hike, little but steady elevation no real effort needed, got a few spots you can check out while you follow the trail. pretty crowded.

Beautiful views of river and forest hill bridge.

12 days ago

Wear good shoes! It’s super duper slick. I almost fell a handful of times

15 days ago

Nice hike! Bring plenty of water. Had to hike about a mile and half from where we parked through cardiac bypass trail but pretty enjoyable.

This was a beautiful hike but the trail was so confusing at the beginning. We got lost n it took us over 10 miles from start to finish. We were able to find the River n the swimming hole. I would love to go back again but I’m not sure if I’m able to find the river the next I go. It was a good hike overall. We had lots of fun.

I would rate it as moderate not hard.

Easy hike, watch out for mountain bikes.

fun, easy hike.

Waterfall at the end of the trail makes it all worth it, trail runs along the river with great views, fairly easy trail well well worth the hike

Beautiful hike, this trail never disappoints! The views are beautiful and the trail is very easy and quick! Only complaint is people NEED and MUST take OUT what they pack IN!! It hurts my heart seeing views such as this littered with trash! Please please people treat our earth kindly!

Beautiful hike and easy enough for kids. Have done this one 5x.

Great trail. Things I wish I knew: I suggest taking one of the routes closest to the water on your way out, then taking the highlighted route back. Great views by the water and also makes it a little more interesting. You can dip in the water if you want. Also, there were a few more interesting rocky areas (very short) where you had to climb a little.

There are some areas, maybe 20-30%, that are wide open in the sun and on a wide trail (which I disliked). But this was only a minor inconvenience. Bring lots of water - I went through all 3L on a sunny day.

Watch out for poison oak at the very beginning!

25 days ago

Beautiful, definitely worth the hike down to the water. The uphill was challenging. I do not recommend for little kids or elderly.

25 days ago

THIS TRAIL IS ABSOLUTE HELL! If anyone tells you otherwise, you need to re-evaluate your relationship with that person. I nearly died halfway through for guess what, CARDIAC ARREST! This hill don’t mess around. I did see a few dope ass catapillars. If you do decide to try and conquer this hill I would highly suggest bringing a highly trained paramedic or even better a cardiac doctor. HAPPY HIKING!

26 days ago

Another weekend with other hike experience. Nice 2 hours of hiking and 4.5 miles made . Best way is to go clockwise so soonest you reach the split make right and go about 1 mile uphill and then enjoy 2.8 miles of easy going. watch for poison oak and a of horse manure on trail.

Nice trail. Watch out for bikers.

26 days ago

Got here around 8:30am on a Saturday and it was easy to find parking. You don’t have to pay just FYI! You have to walk along the river to get to the trailhead. As everyone said, one way is REAL steep and the other way is a gradual ascent. We did the steep way and it was pretty rough for an in-shape person. After the 1.5 mile grade, it was really easy the rest of the way - all downhill mainly. Beautiful scenery... and the dogs loved it too!

28 days ago

Definitely lives up to its name! My boyfriend and I did this trail to train for a backpacking trip we will be going on. There are six, very steep summits to the top. It was quite the workout! We will definitely be back here very soon.

28 days ago

Feel the burn in the first mile then beautiful trails and streams for loop back. Do it twice cause it's so nice.

All worth it! Beautiful Waterfall View at end of hike! It was not too hard. Fairly moderate hike. Don't forget to bring water & snack. But a few biker speeders who zoomed past by us and created a super duper road dust all over. Not cool. Otherwise it was an awesome trail.

30 days ago

Great trail!! Lives up to its name and kicks some butt (in the beginning). Definitely worth the trek as once you make it to the "top" it opens up into a beautiful expanse. There are several other trails to follow that are pretty flat and easy to maneuver. The trail is clean and clear of brush. Saw one dead snake on my run today, but otherwise nothing other than some birds. The grass and trees are all still so green and quite lovely!! Gonna go back again next week!

Great hike for the kids. Trails are very clean and safe for kids to walk on.

beautiful view of running dam at end of trail; close access of its not busy.

mostly wide paths. uphill on the way to the dam, downhill on the return, except for the paved part right before the dam (about .25 miles).

Auburn national park is a great place for outdoor easy peasiness.

on Training Hill

1 month ago

great hike! perfect balance for a good workout and not too long as well. after the first mile, its easy. Depending on fitness, would rate it as moderate to high.

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