Auburn China Bar Hike intermediate

Auburn China Bar hike hosted by Tom Williams
Intermediate level

We will meet at the China Bar kiosk at 9am.

We will go down the road to the Cardiac Bypass trail at core storage and drop down to the Oregon Bar parking lot. From there we will take the Birdsall Takeout road down towards the river and drop off to the river at China Bar. We will then follow the river down to Oregon Bar and take the Cardiac Bypass trail back to the top.

This is not an easy hike. After leaving the Birdsall Takeout road it is a steep trail down to the river, and then there is no trail along the river. So we will then scramble over bedrock, some large boulders, and river cobbles for about a mile before getting to the gravel bar which is Oregon Bar. We are back to easy when we get to Oregon Bar. Fun hike.

The hike will be about four miles, and take about four hours or a little less. Elevation gain is about 800 feet.

Hope to see you there.

Directions to China Bar kiosk:

I-80 to Newcastle exit (exit 115)

Thru the light onto Indian Hill road

Left at the light at the top of the hill onto Auburn Folsom road

Right at the first light onto Maidu

Continue thru the two stop signs and down the hill to the kiosk on the right.

The parking lot is a 'fee area' ($10), or you can park for free along the road across from the Placer County Water Agency maintenance buildings like I do.

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  • Tom W.

    Lisa and I both got stung by what may turn out to be Africanized Honey Bees. They attacked us for just being near their tree as we were taking the trail down to the river and we had to make a hasty retreat. Luckily neither of us was allergic to bee stings. I will have to get the authorities to check it out. Lisa was a trooper and went ahead with the hike though as we took another route down to the river. Not a fun thing to happen though. And -NOT- good if Africanized Honey Bees have made it this far north either. We'll see what kind of bees they turn out to be and I'll let the group know. (So, other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?)

    September 28, 2013

  • Lisa R

    Tom, I will meet you at the trailhead at 9

    September 28, 2013

    • Tom W.

      See you there, Lisa.

      September 28, 2013

  • D & K.

    Tom, is this still on?

    September 27, 2013

    • Tom W.

      Absolutely!! I'll make the hike even if I'm by myself, but we should have a few show up. It's a great hike. Maybe I made it sound too hard. I don't think it's that hard though.

      September 27, 2013

  • Tom W.

    This hike takes us past Knickerbocker Falls (on the other side of the river), but there is only a trickle of water coming down this time of year.

    September 24, 2013

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