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Best trails in Auburn State Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Auburn State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 54 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 40 moderate trails in Auburn State Recreation Area ranging from 1.8 to 12.8 miles and from 547 to 2,237 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 900,000 visitors a year. Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Over 30 -private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA. Auburn SRA is made up of the lands set aside for the Auburn Dam. California State Parks administers the area under a contract with the US Bureau of Reclamation

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Map of trails in Auburn State Recreation Area
Park information
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
Contact
530-823-4162
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Top trails (54)
#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 conditionsShow more
#2 - Training Hill
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
Training Hill is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running,Show more
#3 - Western States Trail to Calcutta Falls
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 4 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 conditionsShow more
#4 - Robie Point Firebreak Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Robie Point Firebreak Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#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. GreaShow more
#6 - Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Enjoy views of the Middle Fork American River Canyon on this easy walk which includes a historic arched cement bridge and a waterfall. This short walk brings you up to and then across the Mountain QuShow more
#7 - Confluence Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Confluence Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and Show more
#8 - Cardiac Hill
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Please be aware of the self registration fee of $10 for parking/day use. The hike starts off flat along a connector path by a drainage canal before a steep descent to the river in a series of cutbackShow more
#9 - American Canyon Trail Loop
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
American Canyon Trail Loop is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cool, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, natureShow more
#10 - Stagecoach Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Stagecoach Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and iShow more
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