Western States Trail

1.5 miles from Auburn Courthouse. Easy-moderate options.

Ever wish you could cover 100 miles in one day? Didn’t think so, but there are people who do it every year starting near Squaw Valley by Lake Tahoe and finishing in Auburn. They have 24 hours to finish and receive their silver belt buckle. Horsemen began this route in 1956 under the guidance of Wendell Robie. That annual event is known today as the Tevis Cup Ride. After runners started racing the horses they began organizing their own separate race, the Western States 100. That run ends in Auburn earning it the moniker “the endurance capitol of the world”. See also Drivers Flat Trails for another popular segment.

Directions: From the Courthouse take Auburn-Folsom road about a mile to turn L on Pacific street. Go another half mile to the Overlook Park. Plenty of parking here.

The trail begins on the north side of the parking lot from the horse staging area next to the canal. This well marked trail heads out going up the canyon and down to no hands bridge, follows the Middle Fork to Ford’s Bar where it climbs to Foresthill and uses Tahoe National Forest trails to find its scenic way to Squaw Valley. (This is the backwards direction) See ws100.com.

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