American River Canyon Overlook Park Hike

Everything Under the Moon & Stars
Everything Under the Moon & Stars
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American River Canyon Overlook Park

855 Pacific Ave · Auburn

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Join us in an Adventure and lets hike at morning dew and enjoy a little nature with some spectacular views.

This hike is intermediate so please come prepared with good walking shoes, water and power snacks via a backpack. Water Pack and camera recommended. Meet in parking lot at 10:30 by the bathrooms; once everyone has gathered we will head down the trail which at times is a switch back and single file.

We will arrive at the bottom which is American River where you will be able to view the incomplete Dam Project from another era. ""NO CELL Service"

7 miles, with one spot having it be 800 ft elevation gain/ decent

Synopsis; Auburn Dam was a proposed concrete arch dam on the North Fork of the American River east of the town of Auburn, California in the United States, on the border of Placer and El Dorado Counties. Slated to be completed in the 1970s by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, it would have been the tallest concrete dam in California and one of the tallest in the United States, at a height of 680 feet (210 m) and storing 2,300,000 acre feet (2.8 km3) of water. Straddling a gorge downstream of the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and upstream of Folsom Lake, it would have regulated water flow and provided flood control in the American River basin as part of Reclamation's immense Central Valley Project. The dam was first proposed in the 1950s; construction work commenced in 1968, involving the diversion of the North Fork American River through a tunnel and the construction of a massive earthen cofferdam. Following a nearby earthquake and the discovery of a seismic fault that underlay the dam site, work on the project was halted for fears that the dam's design would not allow it to survive a major quake on the same fault zone. Although the dam was redesigned and a new proposal submitted by 1980, spiraling costs and limited economic justification put an end to the project until severe flooding in 1986 briefly renewed interest in Auburn's flood control potential. The California State Water Resources Control Board denied water rights for the dam project in 2008 due to lack of construction progress.

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