Just before the heaviest rains began to fall on Sunday my 17 year old son Sam and I took a trip from Roseville up to the Auburn Recreation Area to check out the confluence of the north and middle forks of the American Rivers. In summer, it looks about like this.
(Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
But Sunday, it was quite a bit different. Here are a few of the photos we took. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them! (all photos by Tom or Sam Mailey)
Looking east up the north fork towards the Foresthill Bridge
Downstream from the confluence, with water roaring under “No Hands Bridge”
One of many rivulets pouring down from the canyon’s hills
Panorama of the confluence–the middle fork enters from the right, the north from the left. Normally there is a big gravel bar in the middle where all the water is.
Looking east towards Hwy 49 from atop No Hands Bridge
If you want to go check it out, the water should be running high for a few more days. The Auburn Recreation area is only a few minutes north of Auburn and accessible via highway 49 or Old Foresthill Road. Keep in mind there is a $10 fee to park. It’s fun to see the water this high but remember…it can be dangerous! Stay a safe distance away and certainly keep small kids and pets from near the water as well.