Free Hikes and Programs


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. 

Friday, May 20, 2022 – Campfire Basics, Bears, and Local Legends

  • Meet at Auburn Sector Office at 7:00 P.M.
  • Bring a folding chair and a reusable mug. 
  • Rain cancels

Upcoming 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 water and snacks. 

Friday, December 2, 2022 - Western States, Gold St Connector, Contour, Robie Point Fuel Break, and Tamaroo Bar trailsto the river.

  • We’ll hike a 4.5-mile semi-loop down to Tamaroo Bar on the American River where we?ll enjoy a lunch break on a rocky beach beside the river and learn alittle about Tamaroo Bar’s early Gold Rush history. The hike provides many opportunities to see remains of the efforts to build the Auburn Dam as well as a natural looking section of the river. Parts of our route follow the old Mountain Quarries RR and the historic WST. Easy-moderate down, moderate-difficult return climbs 780? back up to our start. Plan on 4-5 hrs.
  • Meet by 9:30 am near the restrooms at Auburn Overlook Park parking lot (855 Pacific Ave).
  • Bring water, snack/lunch, shoes with good traction, other essentials. No dogs. Rain or AQI > 100 cancel. No need to RSVP.
  • Peggy Egli 530-718-0448

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - Winter Solstice Hike

  • Olmstead loop, ranch road, paved dam road
  • On this easy to moderate 5 mile hike, we will learn about the winter solstice; it’s ancient significance and influence on our holiday traditions.
  • Meet at the Olmstead Loop Trailhead at 10:00 A.M. Rain or shine – Check conditions and prepare accordingly. Dogs on leash welcome.
  • Joseph Shanahan. (530) 745-2202

Sunday, January 1, 2023 - First Day Hike

  • Quarry Trail out and back
  • To kick off the new year we will hike out n’ back totaling 3 miles on easy, flat terrain. We’ll discuss flora and fauna of the north facing slope of the Middle Fork Canyon and history of the Hawver Lens of Limestone. Wheelchair and stroller friendly.
  • Meet at the Quarry Parking Lot at 10:00 A.M. Rain or shine – Check conditions and prepare accordingly. Dogs on leash welcome.
  • Joseph Shanahan. (530) 745-2202

For more hike information, visit or email  

Junior Rangers Program

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 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 may apply.  

Weekend Programs take place in June, July and August in locations throughout Auburn State Recreation Area. Programs cover a variety of topics including Water, Survival, History, and Science.

Interested in an off season program for your group? Contact to submit a request. 

Ranger at Confluence

School Groups

If you have a school group that would like to visit the park and would like a program presented to your group, call the Auburn SRA Interpretation office at 530-745-2202 for more information.