The gold rush of 1849 began with James Marshall’s fateful find at Sutter’s Saw Mill, in Coloma. The valley was inundated with argonauts, and the gold was quickly depleted. The boom quickly passed, leaving Coloma to fade quietly into a peaceful, half-abandoned village. This hike visits several historic sites around town, as well as the pastoral hillsides and woodlands above Coloma Valley.
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