ADT5: Auburn to Sacramento 2014-02

Dudleya among moss
Dudleya among moss

I backpacked the American Discovery Trail segment from Auburn to Sacramento this week. This is my second time on this segment (ADT: Auburn to Sacramento 2012-05), and the reasons I went again were to see the American River North Fork while the draw-down of Folsom Reservoir exposed more of it, and to create a GPS track of the trip.

I took the Amtrak train to Auburn, then walked to the trailhead at Auburn Staging Area, and then down into the canyon to sleep. I took a few wrong turns in the dark, but quickly realized and corrected (and I have corrected the GPS track). Not far into the canyon, I noticed the sound of the river much stronger than I remembered it. The night was cloudy, then cleared to brilliant stars, and at dawn there was a light drizzle. I headed down the Cardiac Bypass Trail, which is better signed that it was two years ago. These signs are unusually clear for a state parks-managed area, so I presume they were designed, paid for and installed by a volunteer organization.

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ADT5: Auburn to Sacramento 2012-05

Pioneer Express Trail above Folsom Reservoir
Pioneer Express Trail above Folsom Reservoir

Last May I hiked from Auburn to Sacramento on the American Discovery Trail (ADT – flakey website). I did not post on the trip, and unfortunately did not even have my journal with me, but I did at least take photos. I want to reconstruct the hike because it is part of my long-term goal to walk the entire California section of the ADT.

I took the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train up to Auburn (only one trip a day, not very convenient, but workable), then walked to the trailhead at the Auburn staging area which is the western terminus of the Western States Trail. I dropped down just a short way into the canyon to spend the night, and then continued downstream along the ADT, which is also called the Pioneer Express Trail, and then of course the American River Parkway from Folsom to Sacramento.

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