Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail

California

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Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: El Dorado, Placer
Length: 34.4 miles
Trail end points: Auburn Staging Area, Gum Lane (Auburn) and Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and Hazel Avenue (Fair Oaks)
Trail surfaces: Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015334
Trail activities: Horseback Riding, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail Description

The Western States Pioneer Trail runs for 34 miles between Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and Auburn Equestrian Staging Area near Gum Lane in Auburn. The trail, open to hikers and horseback riders only, follows the winding course of the American River along the old railroad grade built by the Pacific Portland Cement Company in the early 1900s. The line was used to transport limestone from their quarries near Auburn with the Southern Pacific Mainline in Auburn itself.

The trail is remote and you won't find services along the way. Bring your water and food. For more information, contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the trail managers.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the trail from the Auburn State Recreation Area.

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