American Canyon Trail

Auburn State Recreational Area, California

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American Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 1,781 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,489 feet.
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American Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 1,781 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,489 feet. This trail connects with the following: Maine Bar Trail, Wendell T Robie Trail (WST), Dead Truck Trail and Western States Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Auburn State Recreational Area
Distance: 2.9
Elevation Gain: 2,489 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,781 feet
Top Elevation: 1,781 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Auburn State Recreational Area
Elevation Min/Max: 717/1781 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1781/1781 ft

American Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"This is one of the best all-around hikes in the Auburn State Recreation Area, which provides outdoor recreation for more than a million visitors annually. The well-graded route includes segments of the Western States National Recreation Trail and descends 1100 feet down American Canyon, which contains a small tributary of the Middle Fork American River. American Canyon’s northeast facing slopes are clothed in a dense oak forest, and the canyon bottom is covered with lush riparian vegetation. This almost tropical habitat contrasts sharply with the much drier and brushy southwest-facing slopes found later in the hike. Alert visitors may observe examples of our Gold Rush heritage. Hikers will also enjoy the canyon’s inner gorge, which is filled with scenic cascades and waterfalls as they make their way to the Middle Fork, a worthy destination in its own right."

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4/28/2010
Very nice hike. A little challeging at points. There are sharp rocks on parts of the trail. We decided to take the turn to the left that takes you to the river. A 400 ft drop that is a constant climb back up. It had great sites and a great day hike. I would rate moderate not easy.
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8/30/2009
Nice day hike. Nice views. Some of the loops and trails are a little vague and there are a few more than on the map. A few extra places to explore. Could be very warm on a summer afternoon as about half of the trail is direct sunlight.
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7/9/2009
Good hike with pretty vistas and a wild blackberry patch growing along the trail. I would rate it as moderate rather than easy since there were several steep inclines which made the hike more challenging for the young children and jogger stroller in our party.
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4/6/2009
The trail was excellent and a good workout. It is well-marked although I took a couple of wrong turns. Not a problem in this wonderful environment though. Trail Guide is incomplete - pages 5 and 7 do not fully print out which makes it quite useless since these pages contain essential trail directions.
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