Explore the most popular birding trails near Auburn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The view at the end was worth the hike! Coming back down can be a little challenging to the joints for those that aren’t expert hikers. Watch for snakes and Mt.Lions if you’re hiking away from the trails in other places close to the main trail towards the falls.

The waterfall was so beautiful and peaceful! Definitely going to come back :)

Great place to getting some trail running in. Sort of narrow in some parts and people like to ride their horses in the area so be careful.

For weekend visits, you will need reservations ON LINE. Staff there were courteous, they turned me away and asked me to make a reservation outside. A mile away where I could park my car, but couldn’t get any cell phone signal to make online reservation. This is a stupid policy, I decided to go somewhere else. I saved myself $8.

love this trail

Nice trail, simple but watch out for the mountain bikers!

mountain biking
18 days ago

After the much need it rainstorms, no dust and with no puddles of water, the trails were too fast at times!

I wish I knew the River Otter Lp onto The Dear Trail was closed for repairs...other than that my SOLO ride was awesome!!!!!

hiking
19 days ago

I took my wife, toddler, and two dogs. We did a loop that combined multiple trails. Great views, great workout, tired son and dogs.

Beautiful trails and waterfalls, great for a family hike. My kids spent a few hours splashing around in the river. What a fun day!

hiking
1 month ago

Steep and a bit unforgiving if you're not in reasonably good shape. You do have a couple of options in your ascent of the hill to lessen the steep grade, but even then it's a good workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was fun and challenging. Took the road back up as the downhill kicked my butt, but it still was a challenge getting back up the hill! Definitely going to do this one again and see how I improve!

1 month ago

Moderate easy and dod friendly. Runs along the American river so there are places to stop for the dogs or relaxation.

Ok trip..We parked on 49 and only hiked a mile before we ended at another parking area. Signs indicated we were at the point but could continue on to Auburn Rec Staging Area (another 1.3 miles). We opted to just turn around there. Minimal climbing on this hike. It was just ok. Wished it was longer. Per my calculations it doesn’t add up to the 5 miles I thought I read it was. Non the less it was an easy lazy Sunday afternoon stroll.

walking
1 month ago

It's the beautiful place. Highly reccomend! Awesome place for family, horses riders, bicycles. There are a lot of trails there. So you can choose if it will be easy or not. There is waterfall what makes this place better. Reccomend

nice moderate hike even though it says no dogs the dogs were everywhere very slippery near falls from mist nice hike

Easy, mostly wooded trail running along creek with great view of waterfall from nicely built overlooking deck at far end of loop.

hiking
1 month ago

It wasn’t quite a hard trail but the beginning and end were very steep. Trail head is at overlook side of the parking lot. If we had used that trailhead we would have seen the sign that said 30% grade. The middle part is basically flat and you can catch glimpses of the area where the Auburn dam was to have been built. In the spring there are probably lots of wild flowers. I would do it again for the workout and see flowers in the spring. It would be too hot in the summer. Lots of other trails branch off including the Western States trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome evening/night hike here today. The cardiac part is no joke. Will definitely do it again. Looking forward to doing during the day so I can see exactly how insane the hill is. Used headlamps and flashlights. Was fun. Tons of rocks. Wear hiking shoes for sure. Bring lots of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike. Not really worth the $10 parking fee. Most of the hike is in the shade. Lots of people

The cardiac portion is on par with training hill plus a lot of technical aspects due to rocks. It connects to Rattlesnake Bar once at the river. I absolutely loved it. If you’re looking for a good workout with rewarding views, it’s perfect. The river areas has a lot of access and even beach areas. My boyfriend jumped in for a quick swim to cool off. There are “bypasses” for cardiac trail that are well marked and nice if you want to take a less technical trail in spots, but the incline is still the same for the most part.

hiking
1 month ago

It a pretty fun trail. I’m fairly new to hiking and am a pretty heavy gal so this was a great beginning trail for me. There were a few spots that were slightly challenging but overall it was a beautiful hike. I would recommend hiking down to the stream on the southwest side of the bridge and lookout point, there is a great spot to rest and chill by the creek.

2 months ago

Great hike, easy to moderate. Unfortunately the mine is now blocked off, however, there are many accommodations along the trails including porta potties and tables.

Nice 4h hike, decent views of the river

Good cardio trails with my dog

Dope stuff

Beautiful views!

SEPTEMBER/2018: Awesome day to hit this trail. The weather was perfect and it wasn’t as crowded like the last time. It’s about one and a half hours out/in trip. The waterfall/dam was so beautiful and there were plenty of rainbows.

Wonderful adventure! Gorgeous views & challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful morning hiking!!!! I thought we’d be closer to the river, but we still had great views. Would be a easy hike for kids

Nice hike. We took a small trail above Robie Point and saw some old home foundations and an old fireplace aching an old brick pathway around the house. Pretty cool.

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