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Trip Date:  01/16/2015

: 9.75 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1450'

Group Size: 3

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Auburn Quarry Route
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Auburn Quarry Trail Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 54.901, W 121 02.379     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 49 from Coloma toward Auburn.  Right before the junction with highway 193, there is a wide area on the left side for free vehicle parking.  Get there early, especially on a weekend or the space will be filled.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, mountain lions. Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This entire area is popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers and dog walkers.  
General Notes:
From the area, cross highway 49 to the Quarry Trail parking area and the trailhead for the hike.  The first mile or so is along paved roadway along the south side of the middle fork of the American River, a section which ends at a historical area with signs now so weathered that they are barely readable.  This is an old rock structure here which was used to load quarry material into trails and trucks from the past.  There is a trail marker here which points the continuation of the hike up an incline, and this section will follow along the river area for about the next three miles, coming to a junction with the Brown's Bar trail, a single-track path which heads up to the right and will connect with the Wendell T. Robie trail in less than a mile.  This route can be taken to create a circle back toward the original trailhead, but on this trip we just doubled back for most of the trip.  There is a side trail which has a sign pointing to "Climbing Area" which heads uphill about 2 miles from the trailhead, and leads up to the historical quarry area.  
From here, double back and take a small path which is visible just at a 180 bend in the trail, and follow this back to the original quarry trail, meeting up with the paved path about 1/2 mile from the parking area.

The trail sign which leads from the original paved path up toward the Western States trail, the main section of where this hike travels. One of the trail markers
Rock loading structure left over from the historical quarry operations just up the hill from here. Quarry loading area
Leaving the historical marker area at the end of the paved trail, and ready to head up the hill to meet up with the Western States trail. Heading toward the Western States Trail
The access to Hawver Cave, which was naturally formed but then mined until it is now completely barren and inaccessible. Hawver Cave
Some nice water areas along the trail. Water on the path
Taking a quick break from the trail to find a geocache (or two) along the way.  Along the trail
Looking across the river toward Murderers Bar and the OHV recreation area which is there.
Some of the signs marking the way along the Western States Trail. Signs Signs
Checking out the base of the old quarry.  Climbing gear and pitons are everywhere around the rocks when you look closely. The old Quarry
Looking up the quarry at the next area we would climb up to.
Another look at the quarry
How can you not love this sign?  
Another look at the quarry
Some of the temporary hazards we had to negotiate along the trail.
Road hazards
View from the top of the quarry looking back at the Middle Fork of the American River and Brown's Bar.
View from the quarry top
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike