Wendell Robie Trail – Canyon Creek

(Middle Fork of the American River {M.Fk.Am.R})

Hike # 25

Directions to trailhead: From Auburn, take Hwy 49 south to Cool. Turn left at stoplight onto Hwy 193. At 6.3 miles, turn left onto Sliger Mine Road. Drive 2.3 miles to the “T” at Spanish Dry Diggings Road, and turn left. Drive 1.7 miles (0.3 mile past cemetery), and turn right onto rough (unsuitable for low-clearance cars) unpaved road (Fox Grove Road will be ahead). In 1.0 mile, come to junction (unpaved road on the left, open green gate ahead to Cherokee Bar, and Wendell Robie Trailhead (signed) on right.) Be sure to park off the road.

Trailhead UTM: 10 S 06 79 311 43 13 308

Topographic Map: Greenwood 7.5’

Elevation: 1964’ to 1474’ (3623’ total elevation gain)

Distance: 8.4 miles round trip

Difficulty: Moderate

Jurisdiction: Auburn State Recreation Area.

Trail description: Secluded but accessible moderate day hike high above the M.Fk.Am.R. Enjoy marvelous views of Ruck-a-Chucky Rapids and of the M.Fk.Am.R canyon from this trail. North-facing exposure makes this a relatively cool hike in the warm months. Large Douglas fir and madrone trees dominate the area. Come here for solitude in any season. Spring offers an abundance of ferns, mosses, and brightly colored lichens.

Campsites: Located on road past green gate at trailhead. This is a poor road, suitable only for 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Click HERE to view the Georgetown Hiking Trails version of this hike.

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