- Take Highway 80 to Auburn following signs to Highway 49. The road is curvy just as you leave Auburn, and along the way you will see cars parked in turnouts.
- Cross the river at the first bridge, following the sign towards Cool and Coloma.
- Just after crossing the river there is a green forestry gate, closed and locked, on your right. Park in this area, preferable at a 45 degree angle, backed in for easy exit, and leaving room for more cars to park.
- The other option is to drive a bit further and on the left is a small paid parking with an outhouse at that trail head, then walk back to the Confluence trail head.
- Walk around the gate and as you approach the smaller old quarry bridge, there is a sign pointing to Auburn or to the "Training Hill". For this hike, go towards Auburn.
|Bees were all around the abundant blackberry blooms.|
|This is one of the many side trails down to the river, not too hard to negotiate.|
|This little gem stood alone beside the main trail towards Auburn.|
|The bright and thorny Milk Thistles were in full bloom!|
|The view from one of the small trails down to the water.|
|Another side trail to the water with a very small runoff crossing.|
|Here was a secluded resting spot where the views were nice, and I spent a while trying fruitlessly to take photos of the birds swooping over the water.|
|The purple blooming bushes I told you about last time are withering now, but the color intensity you see below is natural with no photo edits made!|