Dave Moore Nature Trail

Auburn, California

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This sweet little route meanders through oak woodlands down to a rocky beach on the American River, offering the wheelchair-bound, the stroller-bound, and the able-bodied easy access to a backcountry experience. Following the sweeping curves of the rock-lined Dave Moore Nature Trail is reminiscent of walking a labyrinth. The first 0.5 mile curls thoughtfully through the oak woodlands, offering travelers ample chance to contemplate what draws them outdoors—how the sun filters through a forest canopy, the unique shapes of rocks and boulders, how fleeting glimpses of a nearby river quicken the senses. Walking or rolling from the trailhead to the rocky banks of the South Fork American River is an absolute pleasure. Surfaced in decomposed granite, the route spans seasonal streams via sturdy bridges and handles grades via gentle switchbacks that sweep past, among other things, a huge old madrone ring, a boulder that pops from the forest floor like a button mushroom, and the handiwork of Chinese laborers who, during the gold rush, carved ditches and built rock walls to aid miners in their quest to recover precious nuggets.

Dave Moore Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This sweet little route meanders through oak woodlands down to a rocky beach on the American River, offering the wheelchair-bound, the stroller-bound, and the able-bodied easy access to a backcountry experience. Following the sweeping curves of the rock-lined Dave Moore Nature Trail is reminiscent of walking a labyrinth. The first 0.5 mile curls thoughtfully through the oak woodlands, offering travelers ample chance to contemplate what draws them outdoors—how the sun filters through a forest canopy, the unique shapes of rocks and boulders, how fleeting glimpses of a nearby river quicken the senses. Walking or rolling from the trailhead to the rocky banks of the South Fork American River is an absolute pleasure. Surfaced in decomposed granite, the route spans seasonal streams via sturdy bridges and handles grades via gentle switchbacks that sweep past, among other things, a huge old madrone ring, a boulder that pops from the forest floor like a button mushroom, and the handiwork of Chinese laborers who, during the gold rush, carved ditches and built rock walls to aid miners in their quest to recover precious nuggets."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Auburn
Distance: 1.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring through fall.
Local Maps: USGS Coloma
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May 2018