Auburn State Recreation Area

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Trail Distance: 100 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 984 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $10
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

Years and years ago, the Auburn State Recreation Area was a hotbed for gold mining. Thousands of miners descended on the land with the hope of striking it rich. Today, this 40 mile stretch of wilderness surrounds the North and Middle Forks of the American River and provides pawsome opportunities for outdoor recreation.

With over 100 miles of trails to choose from, your pup may be a bit overwhelmed. Your best bet is to get a map of the area and plan your adventure before arriving. While there are several access points and trailheads, one of the main trailheads can be found near the confluence of the two rivers where Highway 49 meets Old Foresthill Road.

Canyon Creek Trail is a hidden gem. The switchbacks will give your pal a nice workout, and the wildflowers and fragrant forests will be an added treat. Blue Oak Trail is short, but sweet. It travels through rolling hills and connects a couple other furrific trails. Some of the other pupular trails include Stagecoach, Quarry Road, Rattlesnake Bar, and McKeon. Perhaps the most notable hike is the Western States Trail. It is 100 miles long and stretches all the way to Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe. Only a portion of it is within the recreation area. If your dog is up for an overnighter, plan a backpacking trip on this trail. Of course, day hiking is also an option.

In addition to hiking, Auburn State Recreation Area is known for its whitewater rafting, camping, mountain biking, and off roading. It’s also a haven for wildlife. While hiking with your pup, keep your eyes open for black-tailed deer, rabbits, raccoons, and a variety of birds. Don’t forget to bring clean up bags and plenty of water. While your pup may not bring home a gold nugget, they will definitely have a furrific time exploring this area!

Trail Features
Mountains, Diverse Landscape, River, Lake, Forest, Steep Inclines
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Watch for poison ivy, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and black bears.
Address
Highway 49 and Old Foresthill Rd
Auburn, CA 95603
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 7:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 7:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 7:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 7:00 AM - Sunset
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Address
Highway 49 and Old Foresthill Rd
Auburn, CA 95603
Hours
Mon 7:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 7:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 7:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 7:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 7:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 7:00 AM - Sunset