Coloma Loop

Lotus, California 95651

Coloma Loop

Coloma Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Coloma Loop Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours.
Year-round, though May through September afternoons may be hot.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Local Contacts
USGS Coloma.
Local Maps