Western States Pioneer Trail

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Trail Distance: 13.6 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 50 min
Elevation Gain: 1219 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

If you're looking to take your fur baby on a furrific and fun adventure, why not take them for a hike on the Western States Pioneer Express Recreational Trail? There's a trailhead at the Black Hole of Calcutta Falls which is accessible from the Old Foresthill Road in Auburn. Several parking spaces are available at the trailhead, but they do fill up quick. If you want one, then go in the early morning before the crowds arrive.

You couldn't ask for a more stunning start to a hike through the countryside then you'll find on this one. The waterfall is very picturesque, and if you've got enough pockets, it's worth carrying a camera with you. You can always snap a few pawsome shots of your fur baby for the family album too. The trail runs for around thirteen miles, with part of it entering the Auburn State Recreational Area. It is quite a hike and definitely not a stroll in the park, but if you and your pup get tired, you can always just turn around and make your way back.

This hike is a real get back to nature one. You'll love the gently sloping, pine tree-covered hills, and so will your pup. Parts of the trail run alongside a river, but don't be tempted to let your pup jump in for a swim. The river is not a safe place for either human or canine bathing as it has a strong undercurrent. Don't forget to pack some treats and water for your best fur buddy. In the shade under one of the pine trees is a great place to eat a picnic. There are no water fountains, so bring along some water, and a stash of clean up bags. Have a pup-tastic time!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, River
Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Poison oak grows along parts of the trail in the Auburn State Recreational Area, so make sure you keep your dog a safe distance from it.


Address
Old Foresthill Rd
Auburn, CA 95603
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Address
Old Foresthill Rd
Auburn, CA 95603
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
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