East end of Wendell Robie Trail
This Wendell T. Robie winds for 25 miles within Auburn State Recreation Area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Opportunities for one way and shuttle hikes exist for the majority of the Wendell Robie Trail.
This section of the trail (Sliger Mine Road to Canyon Creek) is the very eastern most section of the Wendell Robie Trail and a shuttle hike is not possible at this time. Plan on an 8 mile out and back hike.
From the trailhead on Sliger Mine Road the trail begins steeply uphill via switchbacks heading mainly North. You are climbing up the slopes of Summit Hill. After a while the trail tops out and the rest of the hike follows a mining ditch. Mainly level with some steep sections.
From the high point you will start to descend gradually and the trail turns to the Southeast for the rest of the hike. There are lots of trees blocking your view of the Middle Fork American River for most of the hike but there is a good clearing to get a good view right about where the trail turns Southeast. From this point you will be able to see some gnarly looking rapids including "Ruck a Chucky Falls".
In season wildflowers can be abundant and you will cross some small creeks, which sometimes feature small but scenic waterfalls. At about the half-way point in the hike you will pass the Grit Mine. Famous for a 22 oz Gold Nugget that was found here. The trail continues Southeast heading towards Canyon Creek, your destination.
At almost exactly 4 miles you reach Canyon Creek. A large stop sign discourages you from crossing the creek though the trail does continue on the other side onto private property. It is unclear if the section of trail on the East side of Canyon Creek will ever be accessible again but at this point (2019) Canyon Creek is your turn around spot.
Canyon Creek is a cool area and the trail ends and a scenic spot with a large pool. Great spot for a lunch break before turning around and retracing your steps.
Check out the Official Route.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.