Hiking The Foothills Divide

The 49th most popular hiking trail in California.

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Northeast of Sacramento and Auburn, the 35,000 acre Auburn State Recreation Area has 50 trails along 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 500,000 visitors a year. Most trails are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Generally, the park (which is 20 miles long on two forks of the American River) is situated south of Interstate 80, stretching from Auburn to Colfax. The main access is from Auburn, either on Highway 49 or the Auburn-Foresthill Road.

The Forest Hill Divide Loop is 10 miles of rolling, ridgeline trail. To reach the trailhead from Auburn, head northeast on US80 to Exit 126 (Foresthill Road). Head east on Foresthill Road for 6 miles to trailhead parking area near Upper Lake Day Use Area turnoff.

Overall, Foothills Divide is the 49th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Foothills Divide including Western States Trail, Salmon Falls Trail, Summit Trail, Owl Creek Trail, Empire Mine State Park and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

Foothills Divide Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Auburn State Recreation Area (530) 885-4527; Auburn Bike Works (530) 885-3861; California Tourism (916) 444-4429.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes In Northern California" from John Soares

Best Season:  Mar. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  ASRA Ruck-A-Chucky Campground; Foothills Motel (530) 885-8444

Reference Source:  click here http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=502

GPS:  38.95443, -120.96869

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/13/2016

ID:  14297

Foothills Divide Hiking Map


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