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.
- Distance 2 miles
- Approx length of time 1½ hours up, ¾ hour down (hiking)
- Difficulty Moderate up, easy down
- Website Stagecoach Trail
- Best Feature At the top of the trail, pause to catch your breath and enjoy the photos displayed in a kiosk before returning to the confluence back down Stagecoach Trail or via an alternate route
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.
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Nowhere else do we launch in the tailway of a hydroelectric powerhouse. Nowhere else do we shove our unmanned rafts over a waterfall and then walk around. & Nowhere else do we float through a tunnel. Welcome to the Middle Fork of the American River.