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This historic trail offers great bird’s eye views of the confluence area and American River Canyon.
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.
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.
Rafting the American River with River Runners will rekindle your love of the great outdoors.
They are committed to providing a fun, safe experience for all who wish to enjoy the spectacular lake and mountain views.
While not as wide, level or well graded as Stagecoach Trail, it provides another perspective on the canyon, and has some shade.