Cardiac Hill is a 4.4 mile loop trail located near Auburn, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.4 miElevation gain1,000 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildlifeFee
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Note: As of September 10, 2020 users have reported that the toll to get in at the top of the hill is closed so you’ll have to walk down/up for a while. Please be aware of the self registration fee of $10 for parking/day use. The hike starts off flat along a connector path by a drainage canal before 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. It's a great workout. This trail lives up to its name in getting your heart rate up! If you bring your dog, be aware that they will need to be somewhat agile.

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Marie Wyatt
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Charmaine Tejada
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HikingGreat!

Short trail but a great workout.It’s best to do this hike super early.Amazing view of the river.The trail is well maintained.

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Caitlyn Oleykowski
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Tough on the way back up but not too long. great views of the river

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Sara Sara Leffler
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Nikki Yang
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J S
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Elizabeth Key
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Trail is steep, muddy and gritty. Bathrooms at beginning and middle. I ended up taking the alternate trail back and it was a deer trail through blackberries. It was still nice though.

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Jennifer Nolen
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Kristi Myers
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We did the trail on the way down, steep! We opted for the road on the way back because it is a very narrow trail and nobody wore masks as they huffed and puffed in your face passing on the trail. The river was beautiful.

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Michael Contini
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About 1.5 mile hike down, so remember have to climb that back up. Before you go down the hill next to the water canal is a beautiful cave you can go in and find a geocache. Very clean. Water is BEAUTIFUL. Very worth it!

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A. M.
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Beautiful scenery, specifically the river. Great workout, especially the uphill hike back. Not to mention, the hike back up from the river, gets the heart pumping. Would’ve given 5 stars, but poor signage.

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Sarah Price
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Beth W
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Did the loop down the road and up to the canal. Nice hike overall. Right before the canal feels like your in a backyard but you can still see a trail in the grass if you look.

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Francisco Sarvide
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HikingGreat!Off trailPrivate property

The trail was amazing and good to work out! Moreover, I decided to do the loop to add more miles but the trail took me to someone’s back yard. According to the map it should have connected to the cardiac trail. Be careful.

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Annie Gonzalez
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Loved it...mostly around water. People were friendly and respectful too. Will definitely come back.

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Whitney McCreary
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A little overgrown with sharp blackberries in places and very steep in one part but beautiful views of the American River

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Alanna Imutan
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Definitely worth it!

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Catherine Hendon
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Great hike to beautiful river spots and back. Cardiac trail is a little steep, but if you get tired, you can take the Cardiac bypass which is a little longer but not a straight shot up.

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Christopher Smiley
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Great hike for a workout and trio down to the river. There is lot parking for a fee, but plenty of free parking along the street. Never know what you'll see on this trail. Today I saw both a golden eagle and a bobcat. The first mile of the hike is relatively flat and then the second mile is all downhill along a bunch of switchbacks until you reach the river. The hike back to the parking area is along the same path.

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Rebecca Lee
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Great hike but most people are not wearing masks with fairly heavy foot traffic on the trail.

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Edritz J
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Nice easy trail. Go early where it’s nice and cool and not too crowded.

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Frank Cabrera
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Hiked this yesterday 1/16. Beautiful day mid 60s. Definitely gets the heart pumping but doable. Could be brutal in the heat. Heard there were ticks out there but you should be okay if you stay on the trail.

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Jagadeesh A
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Jennifer Clark
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Claudia Hutch
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There are ticks in this trail so be safe

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Sertan Usanmaz
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this on 1/10. Very well maintained trail with great views of the American Canyon. I clocked in about 4.3 miles round trip down to the river and back but don't let that fool you - the hike down is a breeze, but the haul back up will definitely get your heart pumping for sure! Feel free to follow my Instagram account for more dope hiking content! @sertanusanmaz

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Steven Lopez
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The incline at the end can get tough, but definitely a nice workout.

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