Coloma Loop

Lotus, California

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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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by Barry Parr (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lotus
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours.
Season: Year-round, though May through September afternoons may be hot.
Local Contacts: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Local Maps: USGS Coloma.
Topo Map: Coloma Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking The Sierra Nevada Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/21/2012

Good elevation gain early in the hike followed by a relatively gentle descent, but it felt short by the time we were finished. There's a bit of poison oak during the spring and summer especially and the trail gets a good bit of traffic. Below is old-town Coloma and all the gold rush bits that come with it; worth seeing if you haven't before. Be cautious if you opt to play in the American River below, when they open up the damn it becomes uncross-able except via the bridge.

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