Hit Auburn’s trails, no ultramarathon skills required

Auburn has museums and antique stores aplenty. But this city is also an endurance sports capital, home of the Tevis Cup, a one-day, 100-mile endurance equestrian ride held every July since 1955, and the Western States 100-mile endurance run, held every June since 1974.

Both endurance events follow a similar Tahoe-to-Auburn trail, with ultra-marathoners racing from Squaw Valley, over Emigrant Pass, down old mining roads and trails, through ghost towns, such as Last Chance and Deadwood, and finally finishing at Auburn’s Overlook Park. It’s a historic trail, a rugged route first traversed by Paiute and Washoe Indians and later, pioneers and ’49ers.

But you needn’t be an ultra-marathoner to get a taste of it. The last miles of the route run along the Middle Fork of the American River and through Auburn State Recreation Area, which offers 100 miles of gorgeous hiking trails to explore, as well as picnic areas and campgrounds. During the summer months, it’s a popular swimming and river-rafting destination, too.Related Articles

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Download trail maps before you go at www.parks.ca.gov. Parking lots ($10) are available just off Highway 49 near the confluence of the Middle and North Forks of the American River with access to multiple trailheads. Among them: the Quarry Trail (the trailhead is ¼ mile south of the Highway 49 river crossing) and the trail to Calcutta Falls (look for gate 150), which runs across …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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