Explore the most popular Trail Running 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.

2 days ago

Great spring hike.

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2 days ago

Great workout. Loop from cool. But not when you’re doing a clockwise route. Downhill is too steep at parts. especially when it’s wet and slippery. Hard on the knees and have to go cautiously slow. Went with a friend and we took a little longer than anticipated. But due to the elevation change, still a good workout. Overall beautiful and fun trail! Will do again, but counter-clockwise next time.

this was a surprising trail. My first thought was that it would be a very open, hot hike.
In the summer it would be a touch hot but Sunday was nice. there are alot of trail options with access
to great river views. Some climbing on the way back but nothing too harsh.there was a little mud but it had rained a couple days before. Enjoy

3 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views. Fairly steep inclines and slightly slippery after a rain.

8 days ago

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

9 days ago

This is definitely a hard hike, and it's more 2.5 miles than 2. It was good, though, and I only encountered one other person on this beautiful spring Sunday afternoon. There is some shade, but plenty of sun, too. Later in the summer, I'm sure the river is a joy to swim or wade in.

Hike to find Knickerbocker Falls with Shanti and Chris.

Quarry is good but after you get up goat hill there are a lot of ruts on the trail, overgrown weeds and rocky areas.

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.

19 days ago

Perfect hike for a slightly rainy day. Note: the trail leads into private property while on the upclimb, right before you hit the canal!

23 days ago

You may want to bring a buddy on this trail. Warning signs at the trailhead indicate mountain lions have been seen in the area. Keep kids close, etc etc.

With Shanti trying find Knickerbocker falls.

29 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!

1 month 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.

on Training Hill

1 month ago

Good trail if you are looking for a workout. I prefer hiking the steep part (to the right) first because, for me, it's a lot harder coming down.

This was an ok hike. The entire portion that I did was a 15ft wide dirt and rock path. It serves as an access road for rangers and maintenance so you’re hiking on a path that doubles as a vehicle road and it feels like it.

I had to turn around at 2.2 miles in once I got down to the river. There was a stream that comes from uphill directly across the path with no good way to cross it. The water is only 2-5 inches deep but moves fast so your feet will get wet. With 1 mile further to go, I decided to turn around and not have to hike with wet socks and shoes.

Just went in February with my gf and doge. Lots of snow EVERYWHERE. Tons of people still out trail running though. There are a lot of split offs on this trail so we ended up doing different parts of a few separate trails and then just heading back because of rain. Still very nice though we will be heading back soon.

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!

washed out
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Did this hike on a rainy day, it was lovely and not too strenuous. Highly recommend.

Nice trail, you do cross Foresthill rd, but plenty of visibility both ways. Mountain bike use this trail and can be little aggressive.

Highly reccomend this hike if you are looking for a workout. Not a great hike for scenic views, but I work this loop in regularly!

Make sure to start early because parking fills up fast.

Great trail, especially the beginning part! Lost the trail at one point and went a slightly different way, but still good.

Worth it for the dam waterfall!

1 month ago

steep hills, beautiful scenery.

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

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