Monroe Ridge / Marshall Monument Trail Loop

Sacramento, California 95843

Monroe Ridge / Marshall Monument Trail Loop

Monroe Ridge / Marshall Monument Trail Loop Professional Guide

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"Climb through oak woodlands to viewpoints above the snaking American River, then tour a historic gold rush town, including the site where the precious metal was first discovered in 1848. You can still pan for gold along the South fork American River in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, but arguably that's not the most valuable thing that can be gleaned from these hills in modern times. The canyon walls hovering over historic Sutter's Mill offer spectacular views up and down the river valley.

The trail climbs the steep canyon wall via a number of switchbacks, winding through stands of red-barked mountain manzanita, oaks, and, in its upper reaches, ponderosa pines. Road noise from CA 49 filters up through the trees, but fades as you gain altitude and distance."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Sacramento (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"Climb through oak woodlands to viewpoints above the snaking South Fork American River. Then tour a historic gold rush town, including the site where the precious metal was discovered in 1848. Yes, you can still pan for gold along the South Fork American River. But that’s not the only kind of wealth that can be gleaned from these hills. The canyon walls hovering over Sutter’s Mill offer spectacular views up and down the river valley, and the state park that commemorates the discovery of gold is a treasure chest of historic sites and information. The story is familiar to most Californians, but I’ll recap just in case: In 1848 James Marshall, who ran a Coloma lumber mill in partnership with John Sutter, was checking the mill’s tailrace and discovered gold flakes in the detritus that had backed up there. One of the largest gold rushes in history followed, with thousands of fortune seekers racing to the Sierra from all over the world. The rush itself was short-lived, but in its aftermath California, acquired from Mexico in the same year Marshall made his discovery, became America’s “Golden State.”" Read more
"Climb through oak woodlands to viewpoints above the South Fork American River, then tour a historic gold rush town, including the site where the precious metal was first discovered in 1848. You can still pan for gold along the South Fork American River in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, but, arguably, gold is not the most valuable thing that can be gleaned from these hills in modern times. The state park celebrating James Marshall’s fateful discovery is a treasure chest of historic sites and stories, and the canyon walls hovering over Sutter’s Mill offer spectacular views up and down the river valley." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jordan Summers
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"Stepping onto a path that winds through forested hills, you also step back to the summer of 1847. Looking down from these formerly ponderosa- pine-covered hills, James W. Marshall surveyed the canyon below, gazing at a Miwok Indian encampment called Culluma, where he found the ideal location for a lumber mill. This pleasant, rolling trail gives hikers a beautiful overview of an area so important to the history of California. The cool, smooth, red skin and waxy leaves of the manzanita color your shaded path to the James Marshall Monument." Read more

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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.8
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Year-round, though winter storms and cold may render the trail inhospitable.
Season
California State Parks, PO Box 942896, Sacramento 94296; (800) 777-0369; www.parks.ca.gov. The park address is PO Box 265, Coloma 95613; (530) 622-3470.
Local Contacts
USGS Coloma CA; state historic park map available at the visitor center / museum and online at www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps

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Dec 2018