Confluence Trail

EASY 115 reviews

Confluence Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
485 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wildlife

hiking
14 days ago

The trail itself is easy and really pretty but the downfall is dealing with all of the mountain bikes. There are places to jump out of the way through most of the trail but space is very limited in a couple of areas.

2 months ago

Parking can be tricky but the walk is lovely with awesome views of the river and nice rock formations. My 8 and 10 year old loved it. Some good geocaching along the trails too.

hiking
2 months ago

pretty sites. not a lot of parking.

3 months ago

Got there 8:45 not a lot of people but on the way back was busy. I think we will explore more of this area. The ferns and moss were beautiful on the trail beyond the marina. Really good hike

hiking
3 months ago

Great views, watch out for periodic mountain bikers cruising down

3 months ago

Nice views but way too many mountain bikers zooming by to really enjoy it

3 months ago

Very narrow and dangerous

4 months ago

Fun & easy hike with some great views!

6 months ago

This trail is gorgeous and I would not classify it as easy based on the narrow path and the multi use with bikes. I actually freaked out at the beginning because it is single track and a steep drop off to the river. Passing a bike would have been dicey. If you are a Scary cat like me - just go across the street to the clementine trail. That trail is marked moderate - but only because of the uphill. I prefer the uphill to the drop off to the river bed any day.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Nice views of the river for a majority of the trip. A moderate climb up on the way out and nice gradual downhill on the way back. A good balance of shade and sun, but definitely bring at least some water to keep hydrated if you are going during the summer months/hotter days. Moderately easy hike and would go again! $10 dollar day use fee

hiking
9 months ago

First time to hike the Confluence Trail and will come back only will start earlier than 10 a.m. on a hot summer day due to minimal shade. Beautiful vistas of river for for first half and only had to step aside for 3 mountain bikers. Gradual elevation, trail well marked.

9 months ago

This was my first time hiking in Auburn State Recreation Area. This hike offered enough scenery and wildlife to entertain my family. Friendly bike riders and trail runners. Will totally do it again.

hiking
9 months ago

Great, easy hike with kids. Toward the end there is a little trail down to the river and a fantastic swimming hole where the current is minimal, crossing the river is easy (even for my 8 year old) and there's a big rock on the other side that's easy to climb and perfect for jumping off of.

10 months ago

Definitely go early during the summer. Extremely warm. Look out for rattlesnakes on trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Setting and river views are amazing. BUT the trail has many narrow areas with steep drops to the river on one side. Also, there are many bikers on this trail that make the walk a lot less pleasant. Actually, it was anxiety filled - we watched a biker fall and nearly end up in the canyon. I'd advice you pick a different trail - one which does not allow bikes or one wide enough to accommodate both. This one did not.

10 months ago

Easy day hike. small falls & the river. Nice trail for horses. Easy access to trail. Not a lot of shade on this trail so may not want to be out in the afternoon on a hot day.

10 months ago

Awesome view!

10 months ago

Awesome trail. Friendly people all around. Only saw one snake and of course the incredible views this trail offers

hiking
11 months ago

Brought our German Shepherd and it was great!

hiking
11 months ago

Good trails.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thin and wet with mild elevation change. Nice walk.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Beautiful hike. I did it with my three kids, 4, 8 & 10
and they managed it well in spite of steep drop offs towards the river below and mountain bikers coming through. If you pay attention it's no problem but other trails would be more relaxing if you do have young kids. I had my 4yr old within arms reach the entire time, and I would usually let him wander a little more. It was a fantastic day for us!

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

This area near Auburn is beautiful. There are multiple trails leading in all directions and are of varying altitude. The people are friendly, parking is cheap only $10 for day use, and is dog friendly with river access by way of walking. Biking is also recommended. Many cyclists were out today and the trails had plently of room for everyone.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

It was the first beautiful day we've had in a long time and this hike with my 3 year old grandson was just what we needed!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

This trail 4 miles go and back it nive view

Friday, January 20, 2017

Beautiful hike & run along the Middle Fork of the American River. River was swollen, and some erosion of the trail made for a couple dangerous spots.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Had an awesome time hiking. Weather was fantastic. Great time with friends and the park staff very personal.

Will most definitely go again.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

the loop part of the trail is closed right notr. beautiful views! it was a bit hot and there was some shade on the trail but we found ourselves wishing there was a bit more. we'd rate this as between easy and moderate as far as difficulty as there we're a few spots that might be a bit scary for kids or those who fear nights.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Nice scenic overlook. Easy out & back.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

A pretty easy trail with a few nice views of the river. The main route that is mapped has you walking along the main road for the way back which does provide some decent views from the many turnouts you'll walk past.

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