Explore the most popular wild flowers 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
3 days ago

That first 1.5 miles is a killer but great workout and beautiful hike. Was a little hard to find, didn’t realize you had to take another trail to get to it.. but recommend. Dog loved it!

I started from the dam and found a very overgrown trail (difficult to follow) that followed Lake Clementine’s edge. Keeping the lake to the left of me and following the shore, I ended up at the end of this trail, then hiked up and out on the trail road and made a huge loop back to the dam.

it's a pretty good trail but plain, a few places to see but as a workout is pretty good.

This was a beautiful hike but the trail was so confusing at the beginning. We got lost n it took us over 10 miles from start to finish. We were able to find the River n the swimming hole. I would love to go back again but I’m not sure if I’m able to find the river the next I go. It was a good hike overall. We had lots of fun.

I would rate it as moderate not hard.

hiking
15 days ago

Not dog friendly at all. Routes are super narrow and covered with ticks and thornbushes. Removed close to 60 ticks over 3 hours. Definitely will not do again

hiking
15 days ago

Ticks and relatively boring hike. This trail is actually not the Olmstead loop either. I was midway through the hike and realized I’ve been following Olmstead loop and not the AllTrails outlined loop.

Beautiful hike, this trail never disappoints! The views are beautiful and the trail is very easy and quick! Only complaint is people NEED and MUST take OUT what they pack IN!! It hurts my heart seeing views such as this littered with trash! Please please people treat our earth kindly!

Good hike. You feel that work out.

Great trail. Things I wish I knew: I suggest taking one of the routes closest to the water on your way out, then taking the highlighted route back. Great views by the water and also makes it a little more interesting. You can dip in the water if you want. Also, there were a few more interesting rocky areas (very short) where you had to climb a little.

There are some areas, maybe 20-30%, that are wide open in the sun and on a wide trail (which I disliked). But this was only a minor inconvenience. Bring lots of water - I went through all 3L on a sunny day.

Watch out for poison oak at the very beginning!

hiking
23 days ago

Another weekend with other hike experience. Nice 2 hours of hiking and 4.5 miles made . Best way is to go clockwise so soonest you reach the split make right and go about 1 mile uphill and then enjoy 2.8 miles of easy going. watch for poison oak and a of horse manure on trail.

Nice trail. Watch out for bikers.

hiking
23 days ago

Got here around 8:30am on a Saturday and it was easy to find parking. You don’t have to pay just FYI! You have to walk along the river to get to the trailhead. As everyone said, one way is REAL steep and the other way is a gradual ascent. We did the steep way and it was pretty rough for an in-shape person. After the 1.5 mile grade, it was really easy the rest of the way - all downhill mainly. Beautiful scenery... and the dogs loved it too!

hiking
25 days ago

Definitely lives up to its name! My boyfriend and I did this trail to train for a backpacking trip we will be going on. There are six, very steep summits to the top. It was quite the workout! We will definitely be back here very soon.

25 days ago

Feel the burn in the first mile then beautiful trails and streams for loop back. Do it twice cause it's so nice.

26 days ago

Great trail!! Lives up to its name and kicks some butt (in the beginning). Definitely worth the trek as once you make it to the "top" it opens up into a beautiful expanse. There are several other trails to follow that are pretty flat and easy to maneuver. The trail is clean and clear of brush. Saw one dead snake on my run today, but otherwise nothing other than some birds. The grass and trees are all still so green and quite lovely!! Gonna go back again next week!

on Training Hill

27 days 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.

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hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

What a lovely nature hike this trail was! The trail is easy to lose, and my husband and I found ourselves turned around here and there, but it was in those moments that we stumbled on a lizard, a garter snake, a turtle poking its head out of a lake, a gorgeous lakeside trail, puddles full of tadpoles, and the sweetest duck couple paddling through what looked to be a small man made canal. There’s little ponds and streams everywhere and two big, gorgeous lakes, all teeming with various creatures. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much life on a hike actually. And the hills are rolling with greenery and wildflowers. Really enjoyed this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I believe the trail is in fact longer if taken but I chose the route that is slightly over 2 miles round trip. The lot is small but I was able to find a space. I must state that any valuables should be carried with you or tucked away in your vehicle that is not easily seen or accessible. When I arrived I saw that the window in the vehicle next to me had been broken and it was fresh. I ended up arriving back at the same time as another couple and it ended up being their vehicle. I have experienced theft before and it sucks in many levels - including having to dole out money to get the window repaired. I am glad they and their pup were safe and they indicated they don’t believe anything of great value was taken - it appeared to be just a “smash and grab.” I know theft can occur anymore even in areas that one would feel are relatively remote. Aside from violation, the trail itself is not busy but people are on it and there was a nice breeze even in the afternoon. Next time I will try the longer/alternate routes. I can see though how in the summer it might not be as enjoyable so definitely one to do in the morning during the summer season.

trail running
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery!

Great hike! I took my dog for a nice long walk today, it was fun to explore all the trails, weather was perfect, cool breeze kept us from sweating too much. Take lots of water!

hiking
1 month 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.

Nice wide trail to walk on and to move outta the way if you do see people, bikes, or horses. The up and down of the hills helps work a variety of muscles so no single group feels overworked. I had to take a few breaks to catch my breath going up on a couple but it was easy most of the time. It’s beautiful and peaceful. We found old foundation where a settlement used to be about a mile in to the right before you get to the fork to Rattlesnake Bar. Lots a poison oak all around the trails so be on the lookout.

1 month 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.

we just started hiking very good hike not too many people, falls were flowing nicely not too strenuous nice day we also took a side trail to under the bridge had a nice picnic at rivers edge

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

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