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This wide, level trail can be used for a half-day walk and a pleasant picnic along the Middle Fork American River.
This wide, level trail can be used for a half-day walk and a pleasant picnic along the Middle Fork American River. It goes through some of the best scenery available in the American River Canyons, and picnic tables are provided along the first 1¼ miles of the trail. For those looking for a good workout, this trail is 11.2 miles round-trip. Several side trails are accessible that can be used to create even more challenging loops. There is little shade, however, so take plenty of water and sunscreen on hot summer days.
Trailhead is 2 miles south of ASRA Park Headquarters. Take Hwy 49 south from Auburn, turn right across the American River towards Cool. Turn left on the small dirt road ¼ mile south of the river crossing. Trailhead is beyond the parking area at a green gate (#151).
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This run is one of the oldest ultra-trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging.
Forbes Creek Group Campground is located on the southeast shore of Sugar Pine Reservoir in a cedar and pine forest overlooking the reservoir. It is near the North Fork of the American River with access to trails and swimming.