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Best Hiking Trails in Auburn, CA

Best Hiking Trails Auburn, CA

Without doubt hiking trails in Auburn, CA is a real challenge and adventure that need a helpful guide to successfully achieve.

Auburn is located on the west side of the Sierra Nevada; it has a lot of beautiful hiking trails we will discover in the coming lines.

  • 1Hidden Falls Trail
  • 2Clementine Trail to Clark’s Pool
  • 3Quarry Trail
  • 4Western States Trail to Calcutta Falls
  • 5Stagecoach Trail
  • 6Training Hill
  • 7Robie Point Firebreak Trail
  • 8Cardiac Hill

1Hidden Falls Trail

Hidden Falls Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail in Hidden Falls Regional Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Moreover it offers a variety an abundance of wildflowers; you can hear the soft bumbling of a stream that feeds into the waterfall.

Hidden Falls Trail flows year-round, but is most impressive in the spring season.

There are two main issues related to Hidden Falls Regional Park, first is the hidden falls trail parking which is very busy over the weekends. So, you must reserve a parking spot which costs up to $8. Second issue is the multi-use of trails even for mountain bikers, in fact pay attention when hiking. more details & directions


  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 597 feet
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Features: River, waterfall, wildflowers

This is a really nice trail for hiking; you can choice between achieving the trail or not

I came here almost daily during a visit; it is very popular hiking trail

This trail has many options following the length of hikes. They provide paper maps at the trail head to help navigate though the park

2Clementine Trail to Clark’s Pool

The Lake Clementine trail, located in Placer County, is 4.5 miles thriving exceptional places like Foresthill Bridge and Lake Clementine Dam. The Foresthill Bridge is the tallest bridge in California and the third tallest bridge in the United States with an elevation of 730 feet above the North Fork American River, besides the Lake Clementine Dam, rising 155 feet, presents spectacular views of water cascading.

The trail starts from Auburn State Recreation Area which is right on the North Fork of the American River. As you start reaching some portion of the trail, you may meet a lot of mosquitoes, so be sure to wear and bring insect repellent and bug spray. more details & directions


  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 698 feet
  • Route Type: Out & Back
  • Features: Lake, river, views, waterfall, wildlife

Pretty view and steady elevation but walking so long with little point to stop and explore the region

Beautiful hiking trail with waterfall

Waterfall at the end of the trail makes it all worth it, trail runs along the river with great views

3Quarry Trail

Quarry Trail is double track located in Auburn State Recreation Area that provides some pleasant views along the Middle Fork of the American River.

The Quarry Trail is perfect to hike in cooler season’s autumn and winter months, when the surrounding landscapes are a great deal greener than in the hotter seasons.

The Quarry Trail features a rock Quarry and some old foundations of a bridge. Besides, the trail reaches a picnic area, but parking in the Auburn State Recreation Area parking lot has a cost of $10.00. more details & directions

NB. Drinking water is very important along your hike. So, you should have a hydration system like The Lifestraw Water Filter for solo and short hike, or The Platypus GravityWorks 4L for long and group hike.


  • Distance: 10.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,240 feet
  • Route Type: Out & Back
  • Features: Forest, river, views, waterfalls, wild flowers, wildlife

Great challenge as it offers many options depending on your interest

Wonderfully maintained trail that showcases some very historical aspects of the canyon

What an awesome trail. For the most part, it is pretty easy

4Western States Trail to Calcutta Falls

At just over 2 miles, the Western States Trail to Calcutta Falls is wide and flat and has beautiful views of the river with plenty of great scenery to take in and a worthwhile hike nevertheless.

The trail is very enjoyable, starting on the south side of the river and crossing over the historic No Hands Bridge to the Black Hole of Calcutta Falls.

The American River Confluence, where the North and Middle Fork of the American River merge, teems of many other popular trailheads like the Lake Clementine Trail and the Quarry Trail. more details & directions


  • Distance: 2.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 269 feet
  • Route Type: Out & Back
  • Features: Views, waterfalls, wild flowers

Quick and easy hike with some great views along the trail

We just started hiking, very good hike not too many people and beautiful falls

It was hot and too dry and the falls are running very low at this time of the season, we’ll return to this trail in winters again and hope to see the waterfall in its full swing

5Stagecoach Trail

Stagecoach Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is 3.6 miles long with an elevation gain of 744 feet.

This trail offers great views of the confluence of the North and Middle Fork of the American River. It’s little shaded, in fact take water and sunscreen on hot seasons. more details & directions


  • Distance: 3.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 744 feet
  • Route Type: Out & Back
  • Features: River, views

Wide trail, good overlooks and shaded picnic table

I loved hiking this trail

Great hike and beautiful views

6Training Hill

Training Hill is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Auburn, California that features beautiful meadows, flora and wildflowers. Training Hill is rated as difficult and it’s not for the faint of heart. In fact this trail offers a steep uphill climb before the easy downhill walk.

The trail is primarily used for hiking and running. It is accessible year-round but keep an eye out for snakes and other wildlife in the area. more details & directions


  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,062 feet
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Features: Forest, views, wildflowers, bird watching

Awesome hike with lots of shaded sections to take a breath

It starts hard with the uphill climb, but once at the top it becomes pretty easy

The first mile is the steepest hill

7Robie Point Firebreak Trail

Robie Point Firebreak Trail is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Auburn that provides great views of the North Fork American River canyon.

The trail is wide, well maintained, and steep at the southern end. It can be hot in the summer since there is little shade. However in spring, the Robie trail will be a scenic path with beautiful views. more details & directions


  • Distance: 5.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 498 feet
  • Route Type: Out & Back
  • Features: River, views, wild flowers, wildlife

Looks like an amazing hike for adults and older kids

This is a lovely moderate hike but do be wary of ticks and poison oak

Nice trail with light traffic

8Cardiac Hill

Located near Auburn, Cardiac Hill is a steep 4.4 mile loop trail that features amazing views of the North Fork American River. Besides, this hike offers the option to go along the rocks to the river edge.

It’s a great kike, but makes sure to bring plenty of water and try to not hike during the hottest parts of the day in the summertime. more details & directions


  • Distance: 4.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 964 feet
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Features: River, views, forest

Beautiful trail and the water is amazing

Lots of shade

Beautiful hike that pans into the river

Auburn is a worth full area having scenic views, confluence, waterfalls, creek and beautiful bridge. In fact, discovering these landscapes it would be a great opportunity.

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