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Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail

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Auburn State Recreation Area

Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail is a 8.6 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 8.6 mi Elevation gain 1,259 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

Rails trails

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Enjoy views of the Middle Fork American River Canyon on this easy walk which includes a historic arched cement bridge and a waterfall. This short walk brings you up to and then across the Mountain Quarries RailRoad Bridge, which was the longest concrete arch railroad bridge in the world when it was built in 1912. Enjoy great views of the Middle Fork American River Canyon and marvel at what was a fantastic feat of construction for its time. The triple span bridge was built by the Mountain Quarries Company and the Pacific Portland Cement Company for the purpose of hauling limestone from the nearby quarry to Auburn, 7 miles away. Trains ran across the bridge down to the quarry 4 times daily until the quarry was abandoned. In 1942 the tracks were pulled out for scrap metal for WWII. You might also hear the bridge called the "No Hands Bridge". This is a throwback from the early years of the Tevis Cup Trail Ride, an equestrian race that goes from Squaw Valley in Tahoe to Auburn. Challenged by onlookers who noted the bridge's former lack of guard-rails, one of the riders, Ina Robinson, would drop her reins and go across "No-Hands". The bridge now does have metal guard rails, but the name has stuck with it.

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Rachel Hoeppner
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Hiking

This trail is not a hiking trail. Your literally walking / running behind people’s houses along the river . It’s rated moderate due to small incline parts and possibly the length. There is no scenery houses, parking lot view, power lines, you don’t really get away from the houses . It seems like your in people’s yard honestly . I’m sure it’s a good trail for trail running a nice small walk but not a hiking trail . Very disappointed no one mentions any of this in their brief reviews .

Adolfo Gonzalez
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Hiking

Tough trail during mid day heat!! Bring extra water.

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Trevor Salyers
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails. Not too crowded (some bikers), and the trail is really well kept

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Mayzhong Lee
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HikingBugs

This trail was beautiful. No real end destination. Just lead to another road. There was a ton of horse poo which made the trail less fun. I consistently had to think about avoiding horse poo while walking. The best part of this trail was how many different butterflies and flowers we saw.

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Sarah Kelly
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

This is a pretty tricky trail at first that eventually smoothed out. Lots of rocky paths easy enough to manage and ALOT of horse poop. It’s amazing and everyone needs to take a walk

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Jay Lee
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Hiking

Good hike on a beautiful day. Parking lots are closed due to the Corona. Just park on the street

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Francine Coker
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Hiking

Had to rough start since COVID 19 has parking closed, but just added some miles. Great terrain and views

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Gina Chavez
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HikingMuddyRocky

Pretty rocky, & much steeper than I thought. But still nice hike.

Daniel Sonora
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Hiking

Great spot for dogs, but an all around great spot in general . Plenty of people but not too crowded , and it seems recently the area was fixed up. love it when a trail is way taken care of

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Mark L.
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Hiking

Decent hike, but pretty close to the road and in some spots you can hear traffic and it’s pretty busy. Still worth it.

Sam C
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Good trail! Starts off a little more rural than I like, but it gets away from the city after a mile. Due to the rains and over use, there are very muddy sections that require caution and sure footing. Free parking and bathrooms at the trail head.

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Harry Barber
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Ellie Fanaika
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MuddyRocky

nice hike

Tori Shepard
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Hiking

There are a ton of forks, so make sure you are following along the app. Pretty easy hike with well maintained trails.

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Heidi Heidi Vee
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Hiking

went midweek mild traffic, I would expect it to get pretty heavy on the weekends or holidays. shady. steady uphill. well kept. my terrier mix enjoyed as well. good overall trail!

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Heidi Dorfmeier
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Hiking

Midweek hike with Chris

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Laura Tembreull
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Hiking

Nice hike!

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Jessie P
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Hiking

Trail got toasty pretty early in the day (by 10am for sure). couldn't find the first little turn, so went in a larger turn instead (see recording). fun trail though! feels good

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April Buchanan
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HikingBugsOver grown

Beautiful and shady but over grown in some areas. Bugs were pretty bad this time of year. I would also recommend getting a map of the area because there are lots of connecting trails and easy to get a little lost. Loved that it was not crowded with a ton of people and the views of the canyon were gorgeous.

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Rachel Potter
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HikingBugs
Katie Miller
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HikingOver grown

Beware of ticks and poison oak. I saw a Bobcat and some Quail.

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Hey.There _Sugar
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Hiking

This was good enough for some exercise. We started at the Auburn Skate Park / American River Canyon Overlook and hiked down. Lots of different ways to walk and not a whole lot of direction. We just went where it seemed nice. Rocky, overgrown in some areas. We’ve experienced better but it got us out of the house so that’s ok.

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