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Quarry Trail

EASY 126 reviews

Quarry Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cool, California that features a waterfall 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
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1624 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail for families. We took our four kids and pushed a stroller about 2 miles in.

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hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful trail. i liked that they have porta-potties at the beginning of the trail. They even offer life jackets. the only thing that sucks was the parking. It gets crowded. People park on side of the road. And the people driving by go fast. so be very careful walking along the side of the road. they should really put some sidewalk or a caution sign to look for pedestrians.

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18 days ago

What an awesome trail. For the most part, it is pretty easy.

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hiking
24 days ago

Loved this trail ♥️♥️

hiking
28 days ago

Really nice walk, but tons of people. Be careful on the parking when the paid lot fills up. We were 2 minutes away from a $71 parking ticket and/or tow. Other than that, it's a great little trail.

28 days ago

Easy fun beautiful and everyone we passed was very friendly... parking on Saturdays is possible too

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1 month ago

Great trail I would give it 5 stars except that there is hardly any parking nearby so get here early and bring your poppy pass or cash, it's all paid parking even on the sides of the road.

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