This loop affords many beautiful views of the American River Canyon and the confluence area.
This loop affords many beautiful views of the American River Canyon and the confluence area. It also includes some of the most historic trails and sites in the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA). Although the trails may be steep at times, it is mostly an easy loop through three of common American River Canyon ecosystems: foothill woodlands, riparian woodlands, and chaparral.
- Distance 3.5 miles
- Approx length of time 2 hours (hiking)
- Difficulty Easy to moderate
- Website Park HQ-to-Confluence Loop
- Best Feature Except during late summer, there is a beautiful waterfall close to the trail, cascading over a granite wall.
- Historic Trails
Trailhead is on Hwy 49, opposite ASRA Park HQ, ¾ mile south of Auburn behind the green gate (#136). Parking is at ASRA Park HQ. Alternate trailhead is at the confluence area, 1½ miles south of Park HQ. Take Hwy 49 south to Old Foresthill Road at bottom of canyon; go straight and park on right just past intersection.
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The resort offers direct beach access, a grill-style restaurant and free parking. Recreational facilities include boat and bike rentals, beach volleyball, lake tours and fishing, along with hiking trails.