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Trip Date:  01/09/2015

: 4.1 Miles

Vertical Gain: 835'

Group Size: 2

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Robie Point Trail Route
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Start Coordinates:   N 38 53.546, W 121 03.222     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 49 west from the American River Confluence Area near Auburn.  When you get to Borland Avenue, turn left.  This will become Brook Road.  Turn right on Marvin Way, and then turn left on Robie Drive to the parking coordinates.
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 trailhead, check out the old Robie Point ruins less than a quarter mile walk to the east.  This is an old homestead which was undoubted abandoned when the plans for the Auburn Dam were initially put into place.  There is still a lot of landscaping and building foundation evidence all around to explore.  Back at the trailhead, there are two paths to the south, and the one I took for the main loop was slightly southeast, as opposed to the other which is southwest.  Head down this trail, and it quickly starts dropping off to the level of the river.  There are many side paths which head down to various points of the river, and the one we took was not marked with a trail sign but was an obviously heavily travelled path.
Once near the river, the path bends around along Robie Point itself, where the river then heads almost due north.  Continue on this path for about 1/2 mile, before there is a steep uphill turn to the left.  A use path also continues straight, but peters out near the river about a quarter mile further.  Heading up this path, you will meet back up with another main trail, and then continue to the right until you meet either the Western States Trail (lower) or the Robie Firebreak trail (higher.)  If you head right on either of these you will head toward the confluence area or highway 49, and then heading left will take you back to the trailhead parking area to complete the loop.

Exploring some of the Robie Point homestead ruins. Exploring the ruins
The foundation of the old buildings at the homestead site.  Graffiti is unfortunately predominant around the area. The foundation
Around the backside of the old homestead location.  The trees and plants are quickly taking back the area. Backside of the homestead
From the trail, checking out the site where the actual Auburn Dam was going to be built.  The mountainside is still scarred from the preparations, and there many homes near the top of this location. Auburn Dam site
Walking along the trail there are water level markers all along the way, a reminder that this entire area would have been lost to hiking had the dam been built. Water level markers
Even more amazing was coming along a line of barrels which headed across the canyon, which would have been a buoy line of floats across the face of the dam.  Floats
The water from just above Robie Point.
Robie Point
My hiking partner, Mark, checking out the views from Robie Point. My hiking partner, Mark, checking out the views at the point
Hiking along the water with Highway 49 traffic visible high above our spot. Highway 49
While hiking in the area there has to be the obligatory shot of the Foresthill Bridge for location perspective.
Foresthill Bridge
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike