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Base Of Auburn Dam Trail [CLOSED]

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Auburn State Recreation Area

Base Of Auburn Dam Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 797 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355 This is a hike along the American River, near the Sacramento metro area. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This trek start at Gate 142 of the Auburn State Recreational Area and proceeds down to the base Auburn Dam. Most of the route follows a paved road. The route then reverses itself and returns via steep grades to the start at Gate 142.

hiking
17 days ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

All downhill to the dam. Then straight up hill!

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1 month ago

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5 months ago

We took the Clementine trail to the dam and it was a nice little workout!

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

love this trail, especially coming back up..makes for an awesome leg workout

hiking
9 months ago

Great workout, steep incline on way back up

hiking
11 months ago

This hike is a great workout. The paved road provides plenty of room and the views of where the Auburn damn would have been, and the river are interesting.

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off trail
11 months ago

Thu May 31 2018

Beautiful hike and easy enough for kids. Have done this one 5x.

Sun Apr 22 2018

loved it!

hiking
Wed Nov 22 2017

This is more of a walk on a paved road. It's all downhill going in and all uphill coming back out. It's not one I would recommend since there are so many better hikes in the area. It was nice to get outside and it was nice to have the trail to ourselves.

walking
Thu May 25 2017

It is a paved road to the river. There are trails on the way down that give you different options to explore.

hiking
Sun Mar 19 2017

Pretty easy hike. It's paved the whole way so it's not as challenging as a dirt trail. I wish it was more dirt, but the incline makes it more interesting. There are a few side paths that go up the hill and provide nice views! There is another path nearby that is further south and leads to another picnic area on top of a huge cliff. We'll be making another trip soon to find that path!

hiking
Sat Feb 25 2017

Nice little hike to get away from the city for a bit. All paved and pretty much a gradual descent all the way to the river below. Easy to moderate and it definitely gets you breathing a little bit coming back up!

Tue Nov 22 2016

Pretty views. Really a road instead of a trail, but still a fun easy hike

Fri Aug 26 2016

Nice secluded trail through a deep wooded canyon. The north fork of the American River is beautiful and has lots of access points you can reach down by the water. Look out for rattlesnakes and black bears if your hiking early in the morning. Seen fresh bear tracks and a coiled up rattle snake right next to the trail. If you can't handle steep inclines both up and down then don't bother. Also if you do not have a deep down respect and understanding for nature DO NOT bother to come! STAY OUT LOSER!

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