Western States Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Auburn, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 1,326 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,139 feet. Robie Point (elevation 1,204 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Western States Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Western States Trail begins near Lake Tahoe and ends in Auburn and is used for two famous competitive events—the Western States Endurance Run (for ultra-marathon runners) and the Tevis Cup Ride (for equestrians). This last section of the trail—from Auburn to the Hwy 49 Bridge—provides a unique glimpse of the site of the former Auburn Dam, as well as great views of the North Fork American River. The trail also crosses a couple of scenic side creeks, one with a pretty but seasonal waterfall. Part of the trail follows the route of the abandoned Mountain Quarries Railroad and crosses the graceful and historic Mountain Quarries (also known as the No Hands) Bridge. Unless you want to retrace your steps uphill, arrange this hike as a point-to-point trip with a car shuttle."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
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