Things to See & Do in L-A - The Great Outdoors in L-A - Mount Apatite

Mount Apatite

Mount Apatite Park is a 325-acre wooded park located in the western portion of the city. The park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities not often found in municipal park settings.  Rock hounds have known about this area for over 150 years, when the first discoveries of gem-quality tourmaline were found there. Since then, the area has experienced a great deal of mineral exploration, both commercial and amateur. Today amateurs may still search the mine tailings for apatite, tourmaline, and quartz specimens (special rules apply).

The park features approximately four miles of trails for non-motorized uses such as hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The Andy Valley Sno Gypsies also maintain a snowmobile trailhead within the park, which links to miles of regional snowmobile trails.The park is open from dawn until dusk year-round. As with all municipal parks, hunting is not allowed within park boundaries. Park brochures, which include a trail map, park rules, and other park information, are available at the Auburn Parks & Recreation Department office, Monday through Friday, 8a.m.-4:30p.m.