Line of hikers on a single track trail in oak woodland.

Guided Hikes

In the fall, winter and spring our staff and docents lead hikes in different areas of the park. These hikes vary greatly in lenght and intensity. The hikes focus on flora, fauna, or the history of the canyon. They are free, though a $10 day use fee applies in marked areas.

We recommend arriving early, dressing in layers, wearing sun protection, wearing comfortable walking shoes, and bringing plenty of water and snacks. 


Robie Point Loop from Murphy's Gate

  • When: Friday, May 17, at 08:00 A.M. 
  • Where: Murphy Gate
  • Hike Description: Robie Fire Break, Robie-Marion Connector, Rio Camino Spur, Riverview, Western States. Semi-loop route from Murphys Gate and around Robie Point. Sights include old Shady Glen and Robie homesteads, late spring flowers, river views, and the old Mountain Quarries RR trestle footings. Moderate pace, 4.5 miles with 568? total elevation gain (one 250?, 0.4-mile climb on WST). Route is a mix of wide, sunny gravel trail and shady, narrow single-track, some crossing steep hillside. There is one tricky/steep creek crossing on Riverview Trail. Appx 3 hr. Meet 8:00 am at Murphys Gate pullout on Hwy 49 below Auburn. From the intersection of Hwy 49 and Lincoln Way/Borland Sts. (traffic light and future roundabout) drive 0.5 miles to the large pullout on your right. Parking is free. Wear shoes with good traction. Bring plenty of water, optional snack, mosquito repellant. Rain cancels. No need to RSVP. Peggy Egli 530-718-0448 

Olmstead Loop Trail and Ranch Road Trail

  • When: Wednesday, May 22, at 08:00 
  • Where: Olmstead Parking Lot
  • Hike Description: Distance: Approximately 4 miles around trip; approximately 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate; trail is wide but then will narrow in various areas along the way. Trail: We will be taking part of the Olmstead Loop Trail then heading along Ranch Road Trail connecting back to Olmstead Loop Trail then cutting back to the paved road to the parking lot. Also, optional hiking to the overflow dam which would be an additional ~.80 miles around trip. Learn about the bridge history along with flora and fauna. Meet at 8:00 am at the table in the car parking area (next to the Fire Station).Olmstead Loop Trail is located in Cool next to the Fire Station off Hwy 49. Hike: Olmstead Loop Trail, Ranch Road Trail to paved road. Bring water, optional trail snack and shoes with good traction.Rain cancels.  No need to RSVP. ***$10 parking fee in the Olmstead Lot*** Cathie (916) 667-6906

Interested in scheduling a guided hike for your group? Call the Auburn SRA interpretation office at (530) 745-2202 

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School Groups

Auburn SRA offers K-12 programs for schools both in the classroom and in the park. If you are interested in scheduling a program or seeing a list of our current programs call the Auburn SRA Interpretation Office at (530) 745-2202.




Junior Rangers Program

During the Summer, Auburn SRA hosts weekly Junior Ranger Programs. Junior Rangers is a free program designed for ages 7-12, but all ages are welcome to attend. Programs are led by park staff and docents and typically last 1-2 hours. 

Our mission is to provide educational experiences both in Auburn SRA and in the classroom, assisting educators with curriculum needs and offering activities that enable students to investigate, research, and participate in interactive learning. All programs are free, though regular day use fees apply. 


June Programs meet at Auburn SRA Ranger Station from 9:00-10:30 AM 

  • June 1 - Biodiversity 
  • June 8 - Canyon Ecosystem
  • June 15 - State Parks Careers
  • June 22 - Fire and Water

July Programs meet at Oregon Hill Parking Lot from 9:00-10:30 AM 

  • July 6 - Geology Rocks
  • July 13 - Navigating Preparedness 
  • July 20 - Recreation Roundup
  • July 27 - Trees of the Canyon

August Programs meet at Confluence Kiosk from 9:00-10:30 AM 

  • August 3 - Gold Panning
  • August 10 - Aquatic Life 
  • August 17 Stewardship
  • August 24 - Confluence History

Interested in an off season program for your group? Contact the Auburn SRA Interpretation Office at (530)745-2202



Campfire Programs

During the Summer, Auburn SRA hosts campfire programs. Campfire programs are interactive educational programs that take place in the evening. Led by park staff and volunteers, campfire programs are thematic, interactive and theatrical and typically last one hour. 

Interested in scheduling a campfire program for your group? Call the Auburn SRA Intperpretation Office at (530) 745-2202




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