Thirty minutes northeast of Sacramento, just off I-80, lies a premier mountain biking spot. The Auburn State Recreation Area is a huge expanse of oak and evergreen forests, grasslands, and beautiful canyons cut by two forks of the American River. If beautiful scenery isn't enough, the Auburn SRA also offers some great single-track trails that are perfect for intermediate riders. Some of the Classic rides include the Foresthill Divide Loop and the Clementine Loop.
While riding is possible year round, the Auburn State Recreation Area is particularly inviting in winter and spring, when the hillsides are green and snowpack covers many of the nearby higher-elevation trails. Summers are usually scorching. The river's many swimming holes, however, can help compensate for the heat.
While the Auburn SRA has lots of multi-use single-track, not all trails are open to bikes. The trails are used heavily by hikers, equestrians and cyclists, so please be especially courteous to help maintain the peace. Enough trails are available to make riding here a great experience, particularly for intermediate and advanced riders.
Auburn SRA Area Summary
Location: Just east of Auburn
Best For: Intermediate and advanced riders
Suitable For: All levels
Ground Cover: Oak and evergreen forests, grasslands
Seasons: Year round, though extremely hot in summer