Quarry Trail

Auburn State Recreational Area, California

Distance5.6mi
Elevation Gain2,386ft
Trailhead Elevation656ft
Top861ft
Elevation Min/Max577/861ft
Elevation Start/End656/656ft
Quarry Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 5.6 miles long and begins at 656 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,386 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and an information map. The Memorial Wall and Scale Wall cliffs, the Hawver Cave Gate A cave entrance, and the Cave Valley Limestone information board can be seen along the trail. There are also picnic sites and restroom along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Browns Bar Trail and Maine Bar Trail.

Quarry Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Quarry Road Trail is the easiest of walks—for the first 2 miles. Just by adding an idyllic destination, you can turn this simple walk into a challenging adventure. The falls and pool hidden away on American Canyon Creek are worth every step you take along this historic mining trail. Your hike starts at the green gate, followed by signs indicating distances to various locations and facilities along the trail. You’ll find picnic tables at 0.2, 0.6, and 1.2 miles into the hike, as well as pit toilets and trash receptacles at the first and last of these."

"Following a trail doesn’t get any easier than this. Quarry Road closely parallels the Middle Fork of the American River, sometimes at water level, other times about 80 feet up on the canyon walls. Offering dramatic views of the deep river canyon and spots of whitewater flowing through it, the road receives plenty of shade from the oak and pine forest, especially after the first several miles from the trailhead at CA 49. Elevation gain is negligible, even though there’s a fair amount of short ups and downs, some of which can be steep for beginners and youngsters. Except for a few moments of moderately rocky or eroded terrain, Quarry Road is basically considered mildly technical. You can make this a leisurely half-day ride or a fast and furious workout by powering through the many brief rises. During the summer when the temperature is hot, the first mile or so from the trailhead is likely to be populated with folks enjoying an afternoon in the river’s many accessible swimming holes. Nevertheless, if you want to get away from the crowds, just continue farther on Quarry Road and you’ll see fewer people. The turnaround point is at Main Bar, about 5.4 miles out (10.8 miles round-trip)."

Quarry Trail Reviews

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5/3/2009
This traill is very wide and not very technical. The scenery is beautiful and there are a lot of interesting things to see along the way. The ups and downs are aerobically challenging if you do it when muddy!!!
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3/19/2007
It was all washed out. We were disappointed. How up to date are your reports. It appears the train has been out for sometime now.
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Auburn State Recreational Area
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Auburn State Recreational Area
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Jun 2018