Looking for a great trail in Auburn State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 52 great hiking trails, 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!



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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

A review for those with little ones... it's not stroller friendly, I had to leave mine 1/2 way into the hike. I carried my 1 year old and let my 2 year old walk. Some parts are rocky and narrow. while other parts are flat. My 8 year old did fine but I was carrying both my 2 little ones the whole way back until the part where we left the stroller. It's a beautiful hike but if you have little ones use a carrier or hiker kid backpack. We went on the hike 6 days ago and there were alot of people hiking it. When we got past the 2nd gate we didn't realize you can drive to the dam instead of hiking down to it. It was a long hard hike with little ones. However. if it were just my husband and I or just myself and my 8 year old it would of been just a moderate not to bad hike.

Good hike. Love all the tiny falls ain’t the way.

on Training Hill

3 days ago


Great hike. Very peaceful. Not many people. The sound of the flowing river is very therapeutic.

5 days ago

Came on a weekday and it was super nice! Great for anyone!

I enjoyed the trail. It's heavily trafficked and I wasn't prepared for the amount of people. I prefer much more secluded space, so I probably won't be hiking here again. Definitely try it out if you can!

Good hike, some incline areas, River was flowing and beautiful. Lots of butterflies

on Cardiac Hill

6 days ago

Cardiac Hill is pretty difficult! I think it's a moderate-difficult hike especially if you're new to hiking. It's called Cardiac Hill for a reason! It's very beautiful and scenic hike. lots of butterflies and flowers in March. the river is beautiful and so are the views. I would definitely recommend it! not to mention the canal walk at the trail head is also beautiful.

Meh, this was just an okay hike I’m my opinion. Definitely some nice views along the way, and getting to see the damn at the bottom was cool. But not worth the 1.5 mile trek back up the hill! If you are looking specifically for a hill workout though, this is a good one for you. Happy hiking everyone!

We did this clockwise which worked out well. Early spring is nice for the weather, but lots of new, young, budding poison oak abounds!

Pretty rocky, & much steeper than I thought. But still nice hike.

6 days ago

Beautiful views, no too highly trafficked. Hike down to the river bed for the best view. If you take the bypass trail, for at least a portion of the hike, it won't be so steep down and up. But make no mistake, you'll have about 1 mile of a climb back up. If that's not you, avoid this one. Otherwise, it's an awesome trail and will get your heart pumping on the way back up. I guess the name is pretty appropriate for this overall moderately difficult trail.

6 days ago

Great trail. Well maintained. Will have heavy poison oak in the spring though.

Some of the turns to this trail are not posted up so be aware of where you are going . Very good challenging hike

Took 4 hours. A little cool so bring a light jacket! Multiple waterfalls and gorgeous mossy trees. Uphill all the way back to parking lot. Whew!

8 days ago

First time taking the ebike out. Too much fun was had!

8 days ago

This is a lovely moderate hike but do be wary of ticks and poison oak right now. Stay on the trail! I pulled 7 ticks off my dog and 2 off myself from this hike so check yourselves and your dog's carefully.

Good trail. Several options to extend your mileage. 3 weeks ago, before the shelter in place began, we only saw a few others on the trail. Plenty of shade and some decent elevation changes for a good cardio workout, if you so choose. We will definitely visit again!

9 days ago

This is an easy trail. Great short walk up river, many places to stop along the rivers edge. Good place for a picnic

Had a great day hiking American Canyon Loop with my daughter. We knew it was going to be wet today, and we braved the rain and cold. We started the trail by ascending towards the river and had to do 3 river crossings. For the most part, the trail was marked but you need to use your All Trail App or GPS to make sure you stay on trail. Mostly down hill with some good flat stretches. The most challenging part is at the 3.1 mile mark where you follow the Middle Bar Trail straight up for 0.8 miles. Once you climb this part of the trail you are rewarded with a 1.5 mile flat stretch working back towards the trail head. Make sure you take time for a break and enjoy the picnic table and its view.

The first (and last) portions of this lollipop trail are heavily trafficked. for that reason, parking is easy to find near the trailhead before 9 am, in my experience. the mid portion, which includes Training Hill, is moderately trafficked, and oh-so-lovely. I highly recommend hiking poles and boots for rugged terrain to enjoy the trail more (and to climb your way up the incredibly steep hill!). you won't be sorry once you reach the top - plenty of serene views and quiet spaces. mix of shade and sun. I didn't see poison oak nor ticks bit I always recommend wearing long pants and a hat, just in case The trail is just a few miles from Auburn old town, which is a fantastic place to re-fuel after the hike.

Nice clean trail, temperature was wonderful, views not outstanding, but love Auburn area to hike. Took some side trails to add to distance and difficulty.

15 days ago

This trail definitely lives up to its name. The first mile is the steepest hill I’ve ever climbed. Otherwise, it’s a great hike with some nice views of the Foresthill bridge and just Auburn in general. It was quite rocky though. Felt like I was going to break my ankles a few times

Great trail! Lots of shade, couple of moderate steep sections but has a good balance of up and down. Saw a couple of mountain lion tracks in the mud on the way back down. Lots of fish swimming around that are easily seen from the trail. Fewer people further up you go and coming back a lot of families and dogs. Great day and great weather!

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