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Middle Fork American River Quarry Trail

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Auburn State Recreation Area

Middle Fork American River Quarry Trail is a 10.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 10.8 mi Elevation gain 1,240 ft Route type Out & Back
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Walk along the river where the historic railway once traveled and end up at a stunning amphitheater of carved limestone This great hike along the Middle Fork of the American River ends in a spectacular amphitheater of sheer limestone walls rising around you. Enjoy the natural beauty of the American river canyon and also pass by an enormous cave that was the site of both paleontologic excavations and more mining activities. Learn about the plants and animals present today in the canyon environment as well as the mining history of the region. The trail is wide and smooth (some people even push baby strollers on it) and is mostly level in grade with the exception of the last bit up to the quarry. The trail follows the path of the old railway that was used to carry out the limestone. When it existed, the railway had standard gauge sized tracks and the cars were actually backed down the path 4 times daily to be filled with limestone and taken 7 miles to Auburn for cement production. In 1942 the railroad tracks were taken out for scrap iron for WWII. The state charges a day-use fee for every car parked in the parking area. This mixture of dirt road and singletrack trail is not always clearly marked, especially as it passes through the old quarry. Trail is great year-round but April -June is best for wildflowers.

Auburn State Recreation Area homepage http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502 Protect American River Canyons http://www.parc-auburn.org/

You can view a display of fossils from the Hawver Cave, including a replica of a saber tooth tiger skull, at the Placer County Courthouse Museum in nearby Auburn.

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Ted Nishio
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Views of the river were along the whole trail, which is exceptional. Enjoyable sloping inclines on this mostly flat and wide trail. During my Thursday a.m. hike only saw 3 other hikers and 2 deers. However on the return portion, 1 mile before the closed Hawver quarry cave, in an open area, spotted a Black Bear on it's hindquarters just staring at me. I hadn't used my 2 hiking poles all day, but I whipped them out and fully extended each, and waved them above my head, at the bear 30 yards away. Down the trail, paranoid I kept looking back to make certain the bear had not changed it's mind about me. Later, I told an approaching hiker of my sighting. He must be a regular there, said there are two known bears with two cubs each that frequent the area, being drawn to fig trees. They've never been a problem to hikers, glad I was not the first exception, haha, ha.

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Henk DeGraaf
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Judy Benson
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Jim Bloodworth
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Interesting sights, came across 2 bear scats, saw a bobcat, smokey which kept it cool. Easy hike.

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Jako Corrales
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Sachin Gugale
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Scott Will
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I'm glad I found this trail! It was very hot today, but I started at 7 am and there was a good mixture of shade and cool breeze near the water. Parking was easy along the road for free just down the hill, but the parking lot just off the road was also open. Two outhouses a short ways into the hike. Wide trail, so don't need to worry about brushing up against poison oak. Good mix of up and down with some elevation gains, but nothing too steep. Far less crowded than other nearby trails I've done. I saw a gray fox on the way, a few walkers, runners, bikers, and people playing in the water. I liked it so much, I did it almost two full times. 20 miles in before it got too hot, thanks to the intermittent shade throughout.

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Samaneh Saadat
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Bally Bedwal
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05/02/2020 - Be advised although the app says this trail is open all parking is closed/blocked off. You can be dropped off to enjoy the trail, walking/riding your bicycle seems a bit dangerous due to the narrow curved roadways with limited shoulders.

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Laura M
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Great trail! Lots of shade, couple of moderate steep sections but has a good balance of up and down. Saw a couple of mountain lion tracks in the mud on the way back down. Lots of fish swimming around that are easily seen from the trail. Fewer people further up you go and coming back a lot of families and dogs. Great day and great weather!

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Olga Fanina
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A very nice beautiful chill hike, mostly shaded and easy to slight moderate level. It’s was gorgeous outside with a breeze blowing slightly. Hardly any uphill..mostly flat.. only did three miles in and turned around, this hike is super long and could take all day to do. Saw deer and ducks on the way.

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Camilo Rosa
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Jackie Jolly
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Good wide trail. Inclines are moderate. Lots of shade in afternoon.

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Teesh X
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Rene Rubio
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Nice long trail but a lot less people after mile 2, most traffic is the first 2 miles. A nice picnic table at the end of trail!

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Barbara Cortopassi
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Great trail. Barely anyone on the trail. So nice and cool. Warmed up later in the afternoon. Last mile was muddy and a bit slippery if hiking in tennis shoes.

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Ruth Bozhko
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This is a beautiful trail! So peaceful and so many different views! You need to pay 10 dollars for parking. There’s a great little picnic area at the end of the trail. I will definitely be doing this one again!

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Cindy Caverly
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Walked slightly more than this approx 11 Miles, started past training hill, challenging elevation. Lots of hiking terrain variety, glad we started the reverse of this loop, sad I lost my Prada sunglasses.

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Sara Scott
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Great trail...would be a good bike riding trail!!

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Sean Cook
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Really beautiful trail with several small waterfalls and continuous views of the river. After a recent rain, trail was not very muddy, which was great. Ends at a trailhead. Would be easy to extend if you have time.

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Nice

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Greg Olmsted
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American River Quarry Trail. It wasn't really 20 miles, but I accidentally recorded from our driveway. Oops! I think it was actually about 11 or q2 miles round trip for the hike. This is a very easy trail, generally level or a very slight grade if any, but a good one for getting back into the swing of things with the distance covered.

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Patrick Austin
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Logan Hanley
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The shortcut is a little dicey, but fairly easy incline

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Hey.There _Sugar
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We’ve done this trail several times now in different seasons and with different groups. #1 it’s a great trail for running/training and with large groups. Came here a few times for marathon prep and found it fast, scenic and enjoyable. Also came here on rainy days and that’s nice too because there aren’t a lot of puddles or slippery rocks go scramble over. It’s mostly all wide and flat. Came here once over the summer and it was miserable due to lack of shade. Oh well.

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Cameron Pembroke
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Great trail with great views of the river. Easy hike to take the kids on, you can find some access points to the river along the way, some nice sand and good places to rest with the kids.

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Adriana Rieke
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The first 2 miles is a gravel path that I had to keep walking on the side of the path due to the park ranger that was driving a pickup truck down the path. After that there wasn’t many good lookout places to look at the river and the ending point was disappointing due to it branching off onto 3 different trails to continue on and no view but the down and back was already 11.4 miles. There was also many bikes on the path that I kept having to move for.

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