This historic trail offers great bird’s eye views of the confluence area and American River Canyon.  Its gradual gradient offers a good aerobic workout climbing 800 ft in 2 miles from the confluence to the top where it intersects Russell Road at a gate (#138).  The history of this trail dates back to the mid-1800s.  The trail climbs through riparian corridors as well as some typical foothill chaparral areas.  Wildflowers bloom in the spring in several areas.  There is little shade, so take water and sunscreen on hot summer days.

  • Distance 2 miles
  • Approx length of time 1½ hours up, ¾ hour down (hiking)
  • Difficulty Moderate up, easy down
  • Website Stagecoach Trail
  • Best Feature At the top of the trail, pause to catch your breath and enjoy the photos displayed in a kiosk before returning to the confluence back down Stagecoach Trail or via an alternate route
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Equestrian

Trailhead is at confluence area, 1¾ miles south of ASRA Park Headquarters.  Take Hwy 49 from Auburn south to Old Foresthill Road at the bottom of the canyon.  Continue straight for ¼ mile and park on the left.  Trailhead is just beyond parking area of green gate (#137) near a kiosk and port-a-potty.


  • Confluence Interpretive Trail

    Confluence Interpretive Trail

    Auburn, CA

    The confluence of the North and Middle Forks American River affords a marvelous opportunity to view the natural wonders of this river canyon environment and to glimpse the past via the remains of its historic bridges.

    Highway 49 S, across from ASRA Park HQ, Auburn, CA 95603
  • High Sierra Water Ski School

    High Sierra Water Ski School

    Tahoe City, CA

    They offer Water Skiing, Wakeboard, Wakesurfing, Tubing, Kneeboarding and Wakeskating Lessons, Power Boat Rentals, Power Boat Charters, Power Boat tours and rides, Jet Ski Rentals. Plus, Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard and Equipment rentals.

    1850 West Lake Boulevard Tahoe City, CA 96145
  • Confluence Trail

    Confluence Trail

    Auburn, CA

    Confluence Trail is a 3.5 mile out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

    Old Foresthill Road, Auburn, CA 95603