Looking for a great trail in Auburn State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 44 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 34 moderate trails in Auburn State Recreation Area ranging from 2 to 10.8 miles and from 547 to 1,991 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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waterfall

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

hiking
1 day ago

Great spring hike.

trail running
1 day 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

hiking
2 days ago

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

Went for a sunset hike and it was stunning! Some steep hills but short and sweet hike. Dogs loved it and there were pine cones as big as my head!!!

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
bugs
8 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.

hiking
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!

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
21 days ago

22 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.

hiking
bugs
rocky
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!

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

I would definitely recommend this for the avid hikers out there. When we went today, the majority of the trail path was easily recognizable. Toward the second half of the hike, where we were along water, it was VERY hard to find the path. I would definitely recommend downloading the AllTrails app prior to leaving because even though you may not have 4g, it will still tell you where you are and where the trail is. I believe the trail became difficult to find because the creek was running pretty quickly and also the water level was relatively high. There weren’t any clearly rocks or logs that we could use to walk on across the creek, hence we had to hike off trail in order to find an area we felt was safe to go across. That being said, it was very difficult to navigate around the creek since it created an impasse. Even when we managed to get across, we had to go up a sharp incline and navigate through thorn bushes and dead trees to get to the trail. This part of the trail was very difficult. Obviously if the trials path was clear and there was a way to cross the creek to the other side of where the path continued, this would not have been a problem at all. Overall, this hike was scenic, moderate-difficult and mostly SHADED. So super ideal for hotter weather. The hike gets rocky at times, but nothing that requires anything special like hiking boots or anything. Only thing that would make this hike better is if parks and rec actually maintained it. There were a lot of trees that had fallen and the trails are narrow at times. Additionally, there are multiple trails that connect to this one, so as mentioned prior BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

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

hiking
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.

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