Explore the most popular Bird Watching 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.

Good trail with some decent elevation about half way in.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
2 days 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
closed
fee
rocky
2 days ago

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
3 days 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Very strenuous in the beginning but gets flat at the end. I would definitely go it again.

went midweek mild traffic, I would expect it to get pretty heavy on the weekends or holidays. shady. steady uphill. well kept. my terrier mix enjoyed as well. good overall trail!

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
scramble
8 days ago

hiking
blowdown
9 days ago

Awesome trail. Beautiful views. What a blessing it is to be able to be here and to walk through here. Beautiful warm fall day leaves changing colors signs of several portions of old growth forest. I’m living the life I love!

mountain biking
9 days ago

Mountain bike

Pretty awesome trail. Not much of a hike though. More of a dog friendly/family type deal! I walked to the dam and it took about 35 min. Then ran most the trail back and that was about 20 min!

Overall a nice trail. It was mostly shady and the temperature was comfortably in the low 70°s. The brush and poison oak were mostly cleared out of the way. There are only three parking spots at the trailhead, but space to park about 150 yds down the street on the shoulder. Easy access to the river at two points along the trail.

Beautiful fall hike. Lots of color and filtered light. Trail was brushed last week so remaining poison oak was easy to avoid. Easy river access.

A wonderful hike overlooking the American River. Mostly fire roads but there are many opportunities to go on smaller trails and follow same route. I took the Tamaroo bar trail back along the river. Went swimming and then uphill most of the way back. I prefer that. Some sun and shade. Not busy in a Wednesday late morning and free parking. No bathroom at parking but up at Robie point there are port a potties.

This is a great moderate trail to hike, the trail takes you all the way to the dam which has an amazing waterfall. There are no steep inclines on the trail just a bit rocky. The dam road will get a little more steep but it’s paved) Other than that I highly recommend. I went with my husband and 8 month old baby we had a great time. Will go again :)

Awesome fall trail! The colors are beautiful. A little muddy and crossing a few streams, but nothing major. There is a cool waterfall and natural pool but it’s off trail on this steep descent. Limited parking by trailhead but you can park on the street and walk to the start.

Got attacked by 2 dogs off leash, the pot head owners wouldn't leash them, after 1 mile of walking , I alerted park n rec officer. He was very helpful but it's hard for them to patrol.

Easy, enjoyable hike. A bit rocky, lots of poison oak in the beginning, however trail is wide enough to avoid it. Nice views, would hike this one again. Go early, less people!

watch out, if you park on the road, YOU HAVE TO PAY $10 at the guard shack then go back an stick a piece of paper in your windshield. learned the hard way and got a parking ticket for $72! the trail is worth it though and it's a park n rec ticket, not an Auburn PD ticket.

hiking
25 days ago

Despite there being plenty of signs, it still isn't always clear which way to go. There are quite a bit of dog and horse droppings on parts of the trail as well. However, this trail had a refreshing steepness that was just the right amount of challenge for my group, and the view of the river is also great.

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