The Pardee Section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The most ambitious day hike of the Southern Gold Country, this remote section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) explores a historic swath of foothill woodlands, chaparral, and canyon. The Campo Seco Staging Area (about 740 feet elevation) lies near the head of Salt Gulch, down which our road descends on a mild gradient, between grassy hills dotted with oaks. After hitting bottom at 0. 5 mile, we barely begin to rise up the other side when we arrive at Wildermuth House, one of the best-preserved way stations of the Gold Country. A stone granary and other structures cluster about the grounds, at the heart of which stands the handsome house itself, built in 1861 of sandstone blocks quarried from a nearby hillside and shaped by hand with stone adze. A stone wall encloses the house and garden, with some fruit trees, a grape arbor, and a large cactus."