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Best mountain biking trails in Auburn State Recreation Area, California

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Explore the most popular mountain biking 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 mountain biking 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
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Top trails (13)
#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 - Confluence Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#4 - Stagecoach Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#5 - Foresthill Divide Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#6 - Rim Trail via Olmstead Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#7 - The Cool to Canyon Loop Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Users have reported that the parking lot fills up on weekends, so arrive early!Show more
#8 - Confluence and Clementine Trail Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
#9 - Lakeview Connector Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
#10 - Training Hill Loop via Rim Trail and Olmstead Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 7 h 36 m
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