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Auburn, an Endurance Rider's Dream

Auburn is not only a horse town but the home to some of the most challenging and historic endurance events on the planet. Five large annual endurance rides are hosted in the greater area. Above pictured is a rider tackling Cougar Rock which is one of the more challenging parts of the 100 mile in-one-day Tevis Cup Ride.

VIDEO: Cougar Rock Ride.

As one rider commented after seeing the above Video: "It is a lot more challenging from the rider's point of view looking down from his horse."

The vast network of area dirt roads and trails, as well as the rivers and lakes, in the Auburn State Recreation Area and surrounding Sierra Nevada make Auburn a destination for not only endurance athletes of all levels and interests but for the avid trail rider who loves a variety of scenic trails to explore.

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Many local and international horse people travel to compete in endurance competitions that are well-established and internationally famous, notably the Tevis Cup 100-Mile Endurance Equestrian Ride (est. 1955). They also come for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (est. 1976). Due to these events and their spectacular environment, the Auburn City Council unanimously adopted in May 2003 a proclamation that declared the City of Auburn as:

"The Endurance Capitol of the World”.


Auburn has access to some of the best horse trails similar to the Cool-Pilot Hill Area in El Dorado county. The city sits above the fog line only 10 minutes "up the hill" from Roseville. Auburn is the County Seat of Placer County with all the history that implies. Your first impression as you arrive at the historic downtown is the incredible sculpture of a man panning for gold--because, closeby, Gold was found at Sutter's Mill in Coloma in 1849 a short but spectacular trip along Highway 49 heading east out of Auburn.

The Old Court House sits majestically on top of the hill overlooking the Old Town of Auburn and Highway 80 that speeds you on your way into the glorious Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Lake Tahoe Basin.


American Canyon Trail - Auburn State Rec Area

Spectacular as well as traditional California ranch homes nestle into the hillsides that overlook the Auburn State Recreation Area and Folsom Lake. Emerald green golf courses where even the beginner can enjoy a round of golf crisscross the Auburn area. Auburn Municipal Airport makes flying in and out of the area a piece of cake. Horseback Riding, historical tours, shopping, fine dining are just some of the activities available to you in Auburn.

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Above pictured is Potato Richardson, a noted resident of the greater area and a famous rider and winner of many Tevis Cup 100-mile rides. This is a picture of his 2015 win.

Noted Auburn/Placer County Trails

American Canyon Trail, Clarks Pool Trail, Codfish Falls Trail, Foresthill Divide Loop, Lake Clementine Trail, Olmstead Loop Trail, Park HQ to Confluence Trail, Quarry Road Trail, Robie Point Trail, Stagecoach Trail, and Steven’s Trail – Colfax Area.

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