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Wuh-Ki'o Trail is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Auberry, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 1,354 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

River

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Getting There

The Wuh-ki'o Trail (Wuh-ki'o is the Dumna/Kechayi term for the San Joaquin River) starts from off the west side of the loop on the Pa'san Ridge Trail. About four miles long, it connects with Millerton Lake State Recreation Area on the Madera County side of the reservoir. The trail follows along the hillside with some hills. There is decent shade coverage but this is a trail best hiked in the fall/spring or winter because the summers are very hot and all the vegetation dries up. Reason for moderate difficulty is because of the length but the overall difficulty of the trail is low. This trail is open year-round. It costs $5 to park.

There are two campgrounds available. One is a Group camp with two (2) walk-in tent sites, which can accommodate up to 300 people. The other campground is located at the trail head and has six (6) walk-in tent sites, with a maximum of 8 people per site; double and triple sites are also available. However, each campground has accessible campsites which are reached via a primitive hardened path, located a short distance from the paved parking areas. There is a large paved parking lot which can accommodate large trailers or motor homes. Drinking water is available at the campsites. Corrals for equestrian users are also available. The corrals are very popular so you may want to call the Gorge office at 559-855-3492 for availability information.

Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office 3801 Pegasus Drive Bakersfield, CA 93308 Phone: (661) 391-6000 Fax: (661) 391-6041 Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., M-F

About two miles northwest of the town of Auberry and is accessed by Smalley Road, off Power House Road, north of Auberry. The trail head and parking lot are on the Fresno County side of the San Joaquin River, about 6 miles downhill on Smalley Road from the entrance at Powerhouse Road.

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Chris Cabrera
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HikingClosed

I didn’t hike it. Has a big sign that says closed but many people stopped halfway, parked, and started a little further away from the trails actual starting point. Stay safe y’all! DON’T MIND THE STAR I GAVE IT, I DID NOT HIKE IT.

Aleksey Nogin
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Hiking

The trailhead area is closed because of COVID-19, had to park about 2 miles away and walk on the road each way. The trail is full of cows of questionable friendliness, which made my wife uncomfortable.

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Nicholas Melillo
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Hiking

Fun trail overall. The trail itself ended up getting a little repetitive, but the area of the trail head is super cool. You cross a large bridge to get to the trailhead and you can climb down to the river as well (off trail).

Tina Horner
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Hiking

This is an excellent trail with so much to look at. Highly recommend.

Oscar Zavala
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Hiking

Nice single track trail I would recommend you take a bell so hikers know your coming down hill. Nice wide trail really well kept. You do have to pay to park but it’s worth it.

Cristina Loftis
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Hiking

Loved!

David B
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GO TO BRIDGE then... LEFT AT FIRST Y(Wukio/Passan signs) LEFT AT SECOND Y (No signs) Hills, trees and cows for 2 mi. (all brown, Summer's here) Arrive at Cow Beach (end of trail,only water access on trail) Follow bold red line NOT blue dashed line on app. CAMPGROUND-We stayed the night. $10 (Fee box/envelope) but very basic, vaulted toilets, picinic tables, fire pit and dumpster only. Can see the stars well at night. -DB -KB

Hunter Mathews
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Hiking

Great foothill trail around the river gorge. Between Pa’San ridge and this trail, i actually prefer this one. It flows nicely through the hills with mild alternating variations in elevation all the way throughout. There’s a good mix of open trail/canopy and some nice lush gullies with creeks along the way, and a good narrow portion towards the end. Tons of cow crap of course and the trail definitely extends off the marked course on the app. Watch your step! I was mindlessly hiking for a second and stepped right over a pretty small western rattlesnake on the trail. Very cool though.

Ryan D
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Hiking

clocked 9 miles to actually reach the river water. The main trail kept heading upward and away from the river so we used a small trail that split off and went down to the riverbank for lunch. saw a lot of cows, a deer, and a coyote. keep your heads up!

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Bkh Bkh
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very enjoyable

Gabe Freitas
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Hiking

Trail is hard to follow at some points and there are trail obstructions as others here have pointed out but majority of the trail was beautiful with streams galore! The end of the trail was anti-climactic with no clear indicator that the end was reached. All in all good trail for a solid workout and a pleasant view.

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Estevan Moreno
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Hiking

ITS A 12MILE HIKE!!!! I did this trail today. i should have read further into this cause it is not a 7mile hike. According to my tracker i did nearly 12 to reach any water/river where i could actually touch the water while staying on the trail. This is also not maintained very well at all. I counter 8-10 spots where a tree had fallen or the brush have over grown on the trail. It is been a while too cause you can see where others made new paths going around. I wish i knew how to update the distance on this so people have a heads up. The half way on 6.8 is just a random spot on the trail w not much to see.

Daniel Jimenez
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Mountain biking

lots of steps. fun but super technical on a bike. lots of hiking on the bike too

Laura Meade
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Hiking

A decent hike through trees and grass with wildflowers. I would not do this hike in the summer, it would be much too hot. It's a very peaceful hike with a nice breeze. The trail is easy to follow but because it shares with the Pa'san Ridge Trail for a portion, there is a sign for the Pa-San Ridge Trail while the two are together but then later when they split, there aren't any trail markers. There are posts where the signs used to be. To get to the trail, follow the signs for the Wuh-ki'o Trail after the bridge and then stay left about another 1/4 mile when there is a fork again. There is a map at the parking lot that is pretty clear too.

Dan G.
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Hiking

Tried to find the trail twice now and failed both times. The sign pointing to the trail just takes you to the Pa San Ridge trail which is a good hike but I’ve done it four times now. There may be such a trail out there as Wu Ki Oh but it’s pretty well hidden.

Lorie Barber-Smith
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great hike. Just don't wear jeans, not comfortable at all. take lots of water because you will be hiking up a bit. will do again

Alex AllTrails
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Hiking

Did the hike at the end of October 2017, so everything was golden brown as expected. The first 1.1 miles (to the bridge) was very pleasant with some nice views of the river gorge. After the bridge, I had hoped that the trail would follow the river, but it does not. The trail headed up the hill. The turn off from the ridge trail was not marked, so be sure to bring your map and GPS. After the turn off from the "main trail," the trail was at times hard to follow and not maintained. Throughout, the trail was so high that I could not see nor hear the river at all. It was rather disappointing. Also, the end of the trail is not what is on the map, so again bring your GPS. All-in-all, not a great trail, no great views after the bridge, and not well marked nor maintained. Won't be doing this one again.

Shannon Warden
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Hiking

It was a difficult hike for summer because of the heat. Would like to try it again in the spring. Very hilly at the beginning. Overall tho, good hike.

Donna Cunningham
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Hiking Great trail. Went to Temerance Flat before turning around. Looked like it keeps going from there. Will definitely go back.

Michael Cruz
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Hiking

Another great day hike that is relatively close to Fresno. Not too crazy on terrain and elevation gain. Sites are somewhat nice all around. I'd say a great starter trail.

David Tower
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Great hike .. Hot

Anthony Tong
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the hike to the bridge is nice but after that it's a pretty boring hike. once you get towards the end trail isn't traveled a lot so you may have to pay a little more attention. 3 gates and around 8.5 miles later your done. good exercise trail but not something to do for fun.

Cameron Gutierrez
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Hiking

This hike was very misleading. This is not as easy of a hike as it states. The trail is very poorly marked. The trail leading to the bridge was an easy hike but the trail after was brutal. It turned into an all day hike that felt like it never ended. Re-think this hike before you do it. If you feel like your lost its because you are. Turn back or you'll get really lost.

Paulette Alatriste
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Hiking

This trail is an easy one that is perfect for an early morning hike! You get to cross the river via bridge and continue on the other side. I recommend bug spray or gators for your legs and good sunscreen. There's aren't many people and you can bring your dogs!

Jennifer Sitton
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Hiking

Gorgeous early spring hike. The flowers were amazing. I would say this this was a pretty easy hike. We wished we would have brought ours dogs, we saw so many on the trail.

Cara Douglas
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Beautiful spring hike with crazy wild flowers galore. Great to see the raging San Joaquin and hidden gem of a bridge...you can feel it rock as you walk across. One thing that's a bit confusing is where does the trail end? Worth every mile!!! Just go!

Heather Gamez
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Go down to the river and enjoy the scene! Lots of cows, great views, beautiful weather! By far one of my favorites!

Tony Ruybal
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Hiking

Fun little half a day hike, beautiful view from the bridge near the power plant and some nice walks through groves. Lots of people out when I hiked this trail, and you pay 5 dollars for parking so bring cash.

Natali Carrera
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Hiking

This was our first ever family hike. We hiked just to the Bridge ("Bridge Trail") with our 8 year old, his friend and our dog. There are parts of the trail that are quite narrow, but overall it's a great little hike. The bridge over the gorge is really neat to see and cross, nice photo ops. I'd skip this trail until cooler parts of the year though. Even it early October, we got quite warm. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Rosa B.
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Hiking

Fun and easy

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