Foresthill Divide Loop

Auburn State Recreational Area, California

Distance10.2mi
Elevation Gain4,832ft
Trailhead Elevation1,588ft
Top1,936ft
Elevation Min/Max1588/1936ft
Elevation Start/End1588/1588ft

Foresthill Divide Loop

Foresthill Divide Loop is a hiking and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 1,588 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,832 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and a waste basket. Along the trail there is a meadow. This trail connects with the following: Lakeview Connector Trail;Connector, Whale Rock Trail, Butcher Ranch and Old Foresthill Road.

Foresthill Divide Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This loop’s reputation as one of the best allaround hiking trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area is well deserved. Foresthill Divide Loop Trail has a number of access points along the way, so hikers can choose to take shorter versions or start from different points. You will start at the largest of four trailheads on Foresthill Road. Park near Gate 128, Eight Mile Curve, which is your trailhead. Meadows with wildflowers galore and trails winding through foothill-woodland forests provide the backdrop to this pleasantly shaded hike. It’s long enough that you’ll break a sweat, but you won’t have any difficulty staying onroute, with only minor elevation gain and loss."

"One of the newest trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area's burgeoning trail system, the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail (FDLT) is pure fun - a singletrack loop that dips and climbs, swoops and rolls, twists and winds. It passes through oaks and manzanita as it wriggles back and forth across the ridge that divides the North and Middle Forks of the American River. This thoughtfully designed and immaculately built trail goes to show that it does make a difference when trails are planned and constructed with mountain biking in mind. Once again, thanks and gratitude should go to FATRAC for their trail-building efforts and to ASRA land managers for their openness to and support of mountain biking. If all areas shared such a great partnership, we'd be in two-wheeled heaven."

Foresthill Divide Loop Reviews

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7/13/2012
Very good single track, moderate to difficult. Mostly in pine forest, Plenty parking. Require $10 parking fee as of July 2012.
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4/30/2011
A really nice scenic trail of easy technicality that I would rate higher if the highway was not so close. Quite an easy trail but really fun.
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12/31/2009
I gotta say goin up the south side of the trail was pretty touph but goinr down the north side made it all worth it! It was my first trail ride and because of it Im about to buy a new bike I may not eat for a week but at least I can go on this trail again!
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8/12/2008
This was a good trail with nice sierra foothills scenery. I completed the ride clockwise but most bikers go counterclockwise. I found the trail to be moderately strenuous with some rocks and tree roots on climbs. I rode this trail in August and the temperature was 96. This trail provides for a lot of shade but there are a few exposed climbs that can be really hot. I used about 40oz of water but I was pretty dehydrated when finished. I found that the trails.com provided map and instructions were very accurate. I’m going to ride this trail again in September, it’s worth another ride, this time without the map. Enjoy.
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4/23/2008
I am a newbie to the sport and I must say that this is no easy trail for a first timer. It is a bit challenging in handling some of the terrain but nothing that can't be overcome. I personally love the scenery and the downhill action. I have ridden the trail twice and will continue to ride it due to its beautiful views. There aren't that many people utilizing the trail too which makes it a plus when ridding. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone looking for a good ride around the Sacramento County.
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5/27/2007
Very nice trail for riding the mountain bike on. It's definitely a good training trail if you're getting ready for a bigger trip and need to build endurance. The trail is a bit hard to follow in a a few places, especially on the north end towards the beginning after crossing the road for the first time. Be sure to take the print out with you on the trail if it's your first time. I referred to it many times trying to figure out where to go. The trail description helps a lot and kept me on the right path the whole time. There weren't too many people out there, but I did pass people going the other way every 10-15 minutes or so. People are traveling in both directions on this single track There were also young kids on bikes too. Approach those blind corners slowly. Overall...very fun trail. Bring the family.
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6/3/2006
Fun, exciting, challenging for our 14 year old -- too much up-hill---but all around excellent. Please post that you can start this trail from both ends -- Starting at the end (as described by you) makes the trail easier in that fewer uphills. Thanks
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8/23/2005
Very decent trail. It is almost all singletrack, with only a short stretch of an abandoned jeep road. Uphills are easily manageable, downhills are fun, fast, and not overly difficult. Went on a Tuesday afternoon (95 degrees hurt a little) and didn't see any other trail users. Most of the trail is shaded. Can combine this trail with the 7 mile connector trail, or other trails nearby.
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8/15/2003
I ride this trail once or twice a week, this is one seriously fun trail. climbs are moderate, and trail stays in pretty good condition in summer. a little technical, a lot of roller-coaster and ripping downhill sessions.
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11/4/2002
Kudos to FATRAC for building this trail. It''s one fun ride with a variety of moderate challenges.
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