Monroe Ridge Trail

Coloma, California

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Coloma, which now lies mostly within Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, was the epicenter of the California Gold Rush during the mid 1800s. It’s clear from the outset of the hike—which starts at a monument to gold-discoverer James Marshall— that this area was not passed over by the Gold Rush. The Monroe Ridge Trail continues on a loop through oak forests and overgrown orchards belonging to the Monroe family, one of California’s unsung African-American pioneer families. And at the halfway point, the trail passes through the historic town center. Terrain: Dirt path and some paved road through oak forests and over tall, rolling hills.

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"Coloma, which now lies mostly within Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, was the epicenter of the California Gold Rush during the mid 1800s. It’s clear from the outset of the hike—which starts at a monument to gold-discoverer James Marshall— that this area was not passed over by the Gold Rush. The Monroe Ridge Trail continues on a loop through oak forests and overgrown orchards belonging to the Monroe family, one of California’s unsung African-American pioneer families. And at the halfway point, the trail passes through the historic town center. Terrain: Dirt path and some paved road through oak forests and over tall, rolling hills."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coloma
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 737 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 790 feet
Top Elevation: 1,200 feet
Local Contacts: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Local Maps: USGS Coloma

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