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.
"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." Read more
"The scenery along the lower American River Middle Fork’s canyon is not always pretty, but it has a rough-and-tumble kind of charisma borne of its gold rush legacy. Preserved today as part of the Auburn State Recreation Area, the Middle Fork of the American River’s lower canyon is undergoing a transformation nearly as dramatic as the changes brought by the forty-niners, but this time in reverse. In the 1850s thousands of gold miners worked rich placers along this river, building flumes and diverting channels. Into the twentieth century, hundreds of quarrymen worked the canyon, gouging out a mountainside and trucking out the rocks along what now serves as the Quarry Road Trail. The forty-niners are long gone, their encampments existing only as names to mark a particular bend or shoal in the river. The quarrymen have also departed—moved farther up the hill, actually—leaving the scarred mountainside, and our trail." Read more
"The abandoned bed of the Mountain Quarry Railroad rolls across the historic No Hands Bridge and then follows the American River downstream through a lovely stretch of canyon. Abundant riches typical of California’s Mother Lode surround this easy route—not riches that can be mined from mountainsides or sifted from river bottoms, mind you, but the wealth of a wildland journey through the steep-walled American River canyon. The Mountain Quarry Railroad Trail lies on the bed of a historic rail line that once linked a limestone quarry on the Middle Fork American River with the town of Auburn and Southern Pacific tracks that continued to Sacramento. The rail trail includes passage over the No Hands Bridge, so named, according to local trail experts, because for many years it didn’t have guardrails (now it does). Once the longest concrete bridge of its kind in the world, the scenic bridge survived the collapse of the Hell Hole Dam in 1964, Additional information: Trailhead amenities are minimal." Read more
"The trail that rides on the abandoned bed of the Mountain Quarry Railroad rolls across the historic No Hands Bridge below the confluence of the Middle Fork and North Fork American River, then follows the river downstream through a lovely stretch of canyon.
The modern riches typical of California’s gold country surround this easy route. They can’t be mined from mountainsides or sifted from river bottoms, but consist instead of self-propelled travel through rugged canyon country awash in sunshine and watered by a rushing river." Read more
"The abandoned bed of the Mountain Quarry Railroad rolls across the historic No Hands Bridge below the confluence of the middle and north forks of the American River, then follows the river downstream through a lovely stretch of canyon." Read more