Auburn State Recreation Area is now open seven days a week to technical climbing! The area still closes to all activity at dusk, so be sure to leave enough time to return to your car during daylight hours.
CRAGS -- the Sacramento area local Access Fund affiliate -- and the California State Parks worked together through a pilot program of limited access in the popular Auburn Quarry. Its success has led to Auburn being full opened to roped climbing.
The northern band of Cool-Cave Valley Limestone across the American River Middle Fork from Auburn Quarry. Interpretive signs on the Quarry Trail point out its little spires, crags and gullies. This place has a climbing history, hoping someone may fill us in on names or details?
Not worth visiting for its own sake, but if you're sightseeing, mountain biking, running or hiking the trails just off this pullout on Old Foresthill Road, it's worth a scramble or boulder, and the views. It was a fun short stop in my trail runners, better still with sticky soles.
This is what Auburn Quarry must have looked like two centuries ago. Natural limestone walls with ledges and many features, covered in dirt, loose rock, spiky little plants, poison oak and bird droppings. The formation are short and the walls are generally not seep, as they were not quarried into convenient vertical climbing walls like the rock across the river.
Confluence Trailhead pullout on the Mammoth Bar road, a bit downhill from Old Foresthill Road. Follow the Confluence trail west and downhill from there around a mile, and you'll be on top of the limestone. Follow a use trail downhill when you see the formation. Beware of poison oak and rattlesnakes.
i have never had any issues with it, i have also never heard that it wasnt okay outside the quarry, the only time i have been asked not to climb has been in the quarry, never at mammoth bar sport routes or clementine wall or the spires across from the quarry, i see that your gonna be climbing with us this weekend, lets talk more then!