Explore the most popular Kid Friendly 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful and easy trail. Be careful with the mountain bikers.

Hike to find Knickerbocker Falls with Shanti and Chris.

really great trail, waterfalls are beautiful. went all the way up, was muddy but not too bad. will definitely go again and again

beautiful trail, pretty easy to follow with the app. ran into lots of ticks though. overall a nice trail.

With Shanti trying find Knickerbocker falls.

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bugs
rocky
27 days ago

Loved this hike. Easy trail along the river. Exactly 1.5 miles to the falls which right now is gushing with water! Fantastic falls for the Auburn area.
We found two TICKS. So be on the look out for those.
The drive to the trailhead is mostly off roading. Wouldn’t recommend bringing a small car. SUVs will have a bumpy ride. Preferable road to trucks and off roading vehicles. My 2005 Ford Escape made it!

Nice easy hike but very busy!

hiking
29 days ago

A very nice hike. The recent rains have helped make the falls nice to enjoy. The trail can get a bit busy but the further you go the more secluded it gets. At the end of the trail, we headed up towards the road and then took a different steep trail back down to mix things up. Lots of shade if needed but not needed with the overcast skies.
Would definitely go again with it’s vicinity to Sac.

Quick, easy, flat hike. River was high, and the creek/waterfall was flowing high as well. Road going in is paved part of the way, and then very bad dirt road for about 2.5 miles past that. You don't NEED a truck to get to the trailhead, but that's the easiest way - we did it in a raised AWD station wagon, and that was fine.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was beautiful! Everything I could ask for! After all the rain and snow we’ve been getting, it made for perfect conditions. The beautiful green river was roaring by, and there were several mini waterfalls along the way to enjoy. It was quiet and calm and just what me and the dogs needed!

Really great trail with a lot of variation. Beautiful water views, water falls, and some cool old structures from the former railroad. Many people running this trail. Get there early for parking!

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muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Extremely muddy paths and wasn’t able to cross the creek

Worth it for the dam waterfall!

Beautiful trail. Lots of people and bikers even though it was a weekday. Very easy hike.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail! It’s super easy to find because there are a lot of people in the Auburn Rec Park area looking to hike. This trail seemed like it was less trafficked than the others, though. It’s uphill the entire way to the bridge and will give you a good cardio workout. Coming back down is a lot easier obviously. The views at the top from the bridge are amazing and are definitely worth the hike up. I did it with my small dog and he was fine (only had one tick on him at the end). I would come back here.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Beautiful views of the river. Will definitely do again.

on Quarry Trail

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muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful walk. I wish people would pick up there dogs feces specially when it is in the middle of the road.

hiking
1 month ago

I wish people would pick up there dog feces when it is in the middle of the road.
Beautiful walk.

Really great trail. Just enough challenge. Water level very nice right now. Highly recommended!

Very good trail. Went on a Saturday so was pretty busy but pretty wide paths most the way so was nice. Lots of dogs on the trail when we went. Pretty good sized uphill climb. I wouldn’t say the trail was very hard overall. It is also very shaded.

Off Highway 49, leads to several trails. We ended up taking the one down to the river/railroad tracks. Good mix of incline/decline.

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.

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

Beautiful!

Beautiful! :)

Great hike with great scenery.

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!

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