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."
--Jordan Summers, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
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