Looking for a great trail in Auburn State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 37 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 28 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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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

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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muddy
rocky
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washed out
8 days ago

A decent little hike. mostly shaded with trees all around. some scenic spots. a little rocky.

Worth it for the dam waterfall!

hiking
15 days ago

steep hills, beautiful scenery.

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

Beautiful trail but there were mountain bikers flying down the path with no care for anyone hiking the trail. There are some places on this path where there is not enough room for a hiker and a bike to pass each other. I wish I would have known the mountain bikers can drive to the top of the first portion of the trail and speed dangerously to the bottom. I would have gone to the Clementine or another trail.

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muddy
20 days ago

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20 days ago

I love this trail! It’s super easy to find because there are a lot of people in the Auburn Rec Park area looking to hike. This trail seemed like it was less trafficked than the others, though. It’s uphill the entire way to the bridge and will give you a good cardio workout. Coming back down is a lot easier obviously. The views at the top from the bridge are amazing and are definitely worth the hike up. I did it with my small dog and he was fine (only had one tick on him at the end). I would come back here.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views of the river. Will definitely do again.

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muddy
21 days ago

An easy local hike for beginners to get back into shape! Also nice that there's a "destination" you can enjoy. The falls were more than I was expecting for something so close and easy to access.

Beautiful walk. I wish people would pick up there dogs feces specially when it is in the middle of the road.

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23 days ago

I wish people would pick up there dog feces when it is in the middle of the road.
Beautiful walk.

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23 days ago

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23 days ago

Lovely walk in the woods. Best in the morning when there's still a bit of mist about and it is still nice and cool.

Really great trail. Just enough challenge. Water level very nice right now. Highly recommended!

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muddy
25 days ago

Did this trail yesterday, don’t know what I did that it did not record. But I would come back and do it again. It was muddy only because it had just rained a day before. Creeks over flowing, did cross and all but the last one as it was higher.

Very good trail. Went on a Saturday so was pretty busy but pretty wide paths most the way so was nice. Lots of dogs on the trail when we went. Pretty good sized uphill climb. I wouldn’t say the trail was very hard overall. It is also very shaded.

on Cardiac Hill

hiking
26 days ago

This is the first and last hike my mom chose for us. It’s a good fun workout but more than she bargained for. I would rate this hike as hard even it is on the shorter side. It starts off flat along a connector path by a drainage canal then there’s a steep descent to the river in a series of cutbacks. The river views at the bottom are worth it and there is a picnic table. It’s easy to go along the rocks to the rivers edge. The hike back up is a bit of a scramble, especially if it’s rained recently. I had to pick my small breed dog up over lots of steep drop offs and roots in the hillside but it was a great workout. This trail lives up to its name in getting your heart rate up!

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washed out
26 days ago

Lots of ticks.

Off Highway 49, leads to several trails. We ended up taking the one down to the river/railroad tracks. Good mix of incline/decline.

Great hike, great workout. I enjoyed walking along the flume and the river access. My dogs came back with a bunch of ticks :( I suppose to be expected. We went late afternoon on a Saturday and were able to park down the street and walk up to the trailhead.

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike with pretty views. We went on MLK (Jan 21st). Temperatures were below 50 during the hike but it felt much warmer than that. A little slippery here and there right now but all manageable. Watch out for ticks, our dog caught more than 10 within 2 hours. Also be aware of the self registration fee of $10 for parking/day use.

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27 days ago

A beautiful trail which starts off hard due to incline but easy to follow and the downhill section had a couple of nice little waterfalls/creeks. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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28 days ago

Great trail at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Trail goes from the foothills to the American River and ends at the border of Folsom Lake State Park and Auburn State Park.

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28 days ago

Murphy’s w/smaller loop

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washed out
28 days ago

This trail is very basic for anyone in the Sacramento area. The dam is very pretty and one can get some good pictures there. Very popular trail. Half in shade half in sun.

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