The trails of the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) take advantage of miners’ trails, pioneer roads, newly constructed trails, and some reclaimed mining ditches. This gentle descent into American Canyon takes hikers across two pleasant streams and to a secluded waterfall with a pool carved out of metamorphic bedrock. American Canyon Trail, an easy route down to the Middle Fork of the American River, lets you explore the streams, waterfalls, and icecold pools on the way to Poverty Bar. This route loops back before descending to the river; you’ll climb just enough to sweat hard before you walk the gentle route back to your car.
Sacramento, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3