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Best kid friendly trails in Auburn State Recreation Area, California

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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.
Map of kid friendly trails in Auburn State Recreation Area, California
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Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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530-823-4162
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Top trails (12)
#1 - Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19), all trails and vehicular access is open. Upper Lake Clementine is still closed. Parking is available at various locations. Please check with the park for current conditions and parking: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502 Note: There is a $10 parking fee at the lot. Lake Clementine Trail leads to the spot where the North Fork Dam meets the rocks for an outstanding view of cascading water. Trail passes under the tallest bridge in California, Foresthill Bridge. The waterfall is absolutely amazing. There are rarely any people at the base of the falls but there is an abundance of poison oak so you need to be careful. Another good feature about this hike is about a quarter of a mile into the hike you pass by Clark's Pool - a fairly popular swimming hole. Despite being in the middle of the river, it is actually quite warm and very refreshing - especially since the first half of the hike is totally unshaded and gets rather hot. Dogs are not allowed at Lake Clementine.Show more
#2 - Middle Fork American River Quarry Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Walk along the river where the historic railway once traveled and end up at a stunning amphitheater of carved limestone This great hike along the Middle Fork of the American River ends in a spectacular amphitheater of sheer limestone walls rising around you. Enjoy the natural beauty of the American river canyon and also pass by an enormous cave that was the site of both paleontologic excavations and more mining activities. Learn about the plants and animals present today in the canyon environment as well as the mining history of the region. The trail is wide and smooth (some people even push baby strollers on it) and is mostly level in grade with the exception of the last bit up to the quarry. The trail follows the path of the old railway that was used to carry out the limestone. When it existed, the railway had standard gauge sized tracks and the cars were actually backed down the path 4 times daily to be filled with limestone and taken 7 miles to Auburn for cement production. In 1942 the railroad tracks were taken out for scrap iron for WWII. The state charges a day-use fee for every car parked in the parking area. This mixture of dirt road and singletrack trail is not always clearly marked, especially as it passes through the old quarry. Trail is great year-round but April -June is best for wildflowers.Show more
#3 - Robie Point Firebreak Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
#4 - Confluence Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#5 - Codfish Falls Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
This hike is amazing right in early spring before the creeks dry up and the flowers and grass are gone. There are a couple side trails down to the river, and in summer it is great for swimming. Great hike. It's narrow, so weekends (when the trail is more crowded) are not ideal, but doable. The road to get there is a very difficult drive. Ideally you will have 4WD or a car with clearance. Signage at the trailhead limits parking. The only place to park is the side of the road and, on weekends, the line of cars can get long enough to block part of the road. If you do this, you are risking a ticket. $10 to park.Show more
#6 - Stagecoach Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#7 - Rim Trail via Olmstead Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#8 - North Fork of the American River Lake Clementine Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
As of June 2020 (COVID 19), all trails and vehicular access is open. Upper Lake Clementine is still closed. Parking is available at various locations. Please check with the park for current conditions and parking: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502 Note: this trail does not go to the the lower lake Clementine Dam. You can drive on Lake Clementine Rd to access the Dam. Show more
#9 - Shirland Canal and Cardiac Bypass Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
IMPORTANT: There is a self-registration fee of $10 for parking and day use. This hike includes small canals, pine woods, a river, and several bird species. Show more
#10 - Base Of Auburn Dam Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
This is a hike along the American River, about 45 minutes from the Sacramento metro area. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This trek starts at Gate 142 of the Auburn State Recreational Area and proceeds down to the base of the Auburn Dam. Most of the route follows a paved road. The route then reverses itself and returns via steep grades to the start at Gate 142. Past the first quarter-mile, the trail gets pretty steep (over 12%) so it is not recommended for wheelchair or stroller users without assistance.Show more
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