Explore the most popular forest 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.

on Training Hill

22 hours 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Loved this trail! Park down the road for free parking.

Did have 2 ticks on me when I got home, but the doggos love the trail.

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hiking
5 days ago

Had a great time on this trail. Some areas are not covered very well but other spots are super dense. However not all of the areas were open this time around due to bird nesting. This was my first time going, I really wanted to see the cave but when I got there the cave was blocked off with giant cement blocks

trail running
11 days ago

Perfect training hill! This is steep and gets your blood pumping.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful views! Bring bug spray, the mosquitoes are plentiful.

17 days ago

Beautiful scenery!

hiking
20 days ago

I was here on a Tuesday so I pretty much have the entire trail to myself. The trail itself is not bad, but there's no destination point, which I find disappointing. It's just a lot of walking along the river. The climbing area is nice though. I would just end the hike there in the future.

22 days ago

Very dope views of the river, we will be coming back soon.

The trail is a lot longer than it says. Loved the hike. The trail is very confusing at times. Just get lost in the adventure, you won’t regret it! Just be careful of ticks.

Nice hike but there are lots of other trails it runs into so it can be confusing. Would definitely do this trail again!

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail! I love the challenge going up Training Hill and then the Loop is easy! In the Spring there are nice little waterfalls along the way!

hiking
26 days ago

I love this trail! The view of the river is breathtaking!

hiking
28 days ago

One of my group’s go-to trails for incline training. We always do it counterclockwise (steep hill first) and the easy decline after you reach the top never gets old. The trail is easy to follow. Watch out for poison oak!

Decent short hike for a workout! Climb up the steep hill and then easy hike back. Weather is good today for a hike. The trail is green with wildflower and butterflies!

Beautiful shaded trail, creek and waterfalls are a nice treat. Currently closed.

hiking
1 month ago

Such beautiful views of the river and great scenery! We loved it! Perfect weather in April!

Trail itself I’d consider moderate. I’d highly recommend if you want to hike, to NOT take this trail in the park. 99% of people on this trail are mountain bikers that will mow you down. So irritating every five minutes having to jump in bushes to accommodate them and even more difficult if you have a dog. If you’re a mountain biker, great trail for you. Just be considerate that people hike this and you can seriously injure them if you don’t call out your presence before hand.

Great hike if you go through the rock climbing area and make the loop around and back. The cave with fossils is closed now though.

good challenging hike for the first half mile or so, and then it levels out and starts to descend towards the end of the trail. there are 4 waterfalls on the trail you can't miss them. best time to go would be in March when it is raining.

Great hike with a nice of variety terrain and some decent climbs. In early April ‘18, California Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies were everywhere; in January there were California Newts.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Went here on 4/1/18. Made it to the mine but it was closed off with cement, which was disappointing. A lot of people on the trail and parking was difficult. Maybe it was because it was Easter? Good day trip hike. The middle fork of the American river was running high and always beautiful up in this location.

great trail! If you chose to hike counterclockwise the first mile or so is definitely a straight up hike with very little level ground to recover on. Once you do reach the top of the hill it is smooth sailing from there. Today was my second time hiking it and it was a beautiful time of the year to explore up there, not too many people and I did encounter snake.

Really lovely area, nice and shaded on most parts. Only issue was that the route is confusing and it is longer than mentioned here, took about four hours for myself to complete. Saw some super cute salamanders in a stream and some great views of the canyon and river. Great workout as well! Excellent!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail... straight up...

hiking
2 months ago

A really tough hike that’ll get you ready for fire season.

2 months ago

I got a good sweat in and beautiful views.

2 months ago

Great hill for a workout. Very steep starting out, then rolling hills afterwards.

hiking
2 months ago

The best workout/training trail. I will usually take it to the top of the hill and turn around and do the descent on Pig Farm (easier on the knees). Get to the trailhead either early on the weekends or late in the afternoon (parking is a bitch but worth it).

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