Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Great for families.

hiking
4 days ago

I only did the beginning of this trail along the canal near gate 146. Limited by time.

Great final descent section of what is becoming known as a mountain biking destination for NorCal. Just have to watch out for the hikers that are unaware this is predominantly used by mountain bikers.

Gorgeous trails with views of the river. This is a great hike for a hot day because there are so many places to take a quick dip and cool off.

Amazing trail. Highly recommended for those looking to build speed and gives amazing scenic views.

6 days ago

Beautiful views, well-marked trails, good trail map available at the parking lot. I went early-ish to try to beat the heat and for the first four hours I didn’t see another living soul on the trails.
The parking reservation was easy; even reserving the night before I did not have any trouble with availability.
Highly recommend this hike!

Easy hike and absolutely stunning views. Spectacular trail since it is all the way by the river. Waterfall and rainbow are breathtaking. Will be back on Fall or Spring. In Summer I would say do early morning.

Nice hike 8 plus miles around trip.

Jeremy and I hiked this trail and the views were spectacular! The Forest Hills Bridge is breathtaking and the river runs all along the trail making for great scenery. Clarke’s Pool was a bonus on the way back. Refreshing after being in the heat. Definitely returning for that! Nowhere did i see mentioned about the parking fee. Not a big deal but was unprepared to pay. Thank goodness they accepted Visa. Also, this app says dogs are not allowed on Clementine which is the lake behind the dam. “No dogs allowed” was also on the gate of the trailhead with dog poop bags right next to it. There were quite a few dogs on the trail and at the Pool. Not super clear about the furry ones being allowed or not. Great hike and swim!

I am not the most in shape, but I would still say this trail is more easy than moderate. Not so much to see, other than the river, which you walk above for a lot of the trail. The climbing area was beautiful; we ended our hike there

Awesome morning hike. Stopped to cool off in swimming hole just east of Foresthill Bridge. Dog that was on shore with some folks swimming decided to leave his mark on my backpack which was unfortunate. Lots of places to explore along the rocky shore. Definitely doing this hike/swim again. *** Note: CA State Parks charges $10 to park along the roadway/park area. Booth is sometimes open and accepts credit cards, but bring cash in case.

hiking
10 days ago

Wouldn’t hike this trail again. Not much shade. River is a long ways down. Not accessible except at the start. All up hill.

Nice hike. It was hard to stick to this path as there were many forks to different trails. We ended up with 7.5 miles by the end. Nice wide trails and pretty scenery.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful today!!

Great hike for my wife, who is afraid that critters and snake are going to eat her, so she prefers a nice wide trail. Mostly in the shade if you go in the morning.

Happy 4th Hike. It was a good trail. Lots of poison oak on either side. Most of the trail is wide but there are areas that are single track. Didn’t see any water fails but did pass over a few very minor streams.

So. To start, it was about 90 degrees out when we did the hike, and about 98 when we finished, so that contributed greatly to the overall “uncomfortable” vibes we got. There is about 50/50 coverage, but it comes in big chunks of shade and big chunks of sun, so you can be hiking in the sun for a while which can be quite miserable if it’s even relatively hot. The beginning section on Quarry Trail was nice, pretty flat for the most part, and a couple opportunities to go down to the river. The split to Brown’s Bar Trail and Wendell T Robie Trail was the beginning of the steepest part, in addition to being the least maintained part of the trail. There is poison oak EVERYWHERE, and at points you have to beat through overgrown vegetation (with thorns), and traverse a mud pit (with overgrown thorns, of course) that makes you question whether the trail continues at all. I cannot stress enough how overgrown the trail was. No “awe-spiring” views at the top, or even along the second part of the trail. So long story not so short: If you decide to do the two latter trails, bring LOTS of water (like more than you normally would for a big hike), stay very covered to protect from thorns, poison oak, and other sharp vegetation, and by all means do NOT go if it’s too warm out. Not sure if it’s even worth it, to be honest. Just stick to Quarry Trail.

hiking and a beautiful rainbow and waterfall

good challenge as it offers many options depending on your interest.

hiking
25 days ago

I loved this hike, Hiked in to the waterfall felt pretty easy going and I did it 30 weeks pregnant, just made sure to bring lots of water and brought some snacks. You do have to maneuver down the the swimming hole part but it wasn’t too difficult and the water felt great!! Definitely will do this one again!!

LOTS of ticks, but very scenic.

Love the river next to the trail.

I think this is the hike that I went on recently based on the pictures people have posted. Was not expecting Clark's Hole but it was a pleasant surprise. There's a rock you can jump off of, just be careful because it's slippery. The swimming hole is really deep. Where we were wasn't much space but I think the "beach" stretches out a long the trail (we heard people talking when we were back on the trail walking towards the falls further away from where we had been). There's also fish in the water, so don't be surprised if a trout (?) wants to say hey when you have your feet in the water.

Great trail heads. Well maintained park. Restrooms all throughout the area.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. 1.5 mile walk from the parking lot to the waterfall. The hike to the falls overlook is easy, very low incline and easy trail head. When you get to the waterfall it is almost a climb to get down to the swimming area, so take that into consideration if you decide to bring your kids or if you have limitations.

I hiked the entire loop around the park and I tracked 8 miles on my Apple Watch. The trail around the park is a dirt road, perfect for mountain biking or horses. I suggest bringing extra water because after the falls there isn’t another spring until you reach the halfway point. The trail around the park is very easy, slight incline and trail thinning towards the end. It’s not too hard if you take is slow and make sure to take breaks in the shade. I will definitely come back and use this park for trail running in the future.

1 month ago

it's a pretty good trail but plain, a few places to see but as a workout is pretty good.

in fact it's a pretty easy hike, little but steady elevation no real effort needed, got a few spots you can check out while you follow the trail. pretty crowded.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great main trail and excellent side trails to bike away from pedestrians! Well kept park and plenty of shade!!

Beautiful views of river and forest hill bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Wear good shoes! It’s super duper slick. I almost fell a handful of times

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