A rock outcropping (photo credit - Mary West) that had even better view now has a discouraging fence in front of it. If you continue down and around the hill, another shade structure and picnic table are here. On a clear day you can see the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and Folsom and even Sacramento to the west.
Some like the trail because it isn’t popular. There are no waterfalls or water access. Just a wide dirt trail, easy slope and great view. In spring there are a variety of wildflowers and lush grass. In winter, it can be chilly with the no windbreak of trees. I like to take my dog out here and enjoy watching the sun move across the canyon. The light and shadows change as the day passes. Other trails branch off from this one to make your hike as long as you like.
To get there from Auburn, take Interstate 80 to the Foresthill exit. Drive over the Foresthill Bridge and look for gate 116 on the right. It is down off the shoulder of the road so be cautious parking completely over the white line on the edge of the road near the railing. Take the trail behind the gate and to the right.
--By Mary West
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Mary West is a retired radio personality and news reporter with a longtime love of the outdoors, sharing her favorite day hikes in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado and Yuba counties. Learn more about local trails by following Mary on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.