Base Of Auburn Dam Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Base Of Auburn Dam Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding 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
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

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.

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walking
2 months ago

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

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hiking
5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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!

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8 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

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!