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Gems in Gold Country - 1

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gem Favorite Sundown at Penner Lake, Tahoe National Forest.

Penner Lake

(7) Downiev…, CA

Recommended Routes in Gold Country - 14

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Favorite Along the American river.  The bridge is Iowa Hill Road
Intermediate/Difficult

Stevens Trail

7.7 mi 12.4 km 1,275' Up 388.71 m Up 1,276' Down 388.84 m Down

Colfax, CA
Favorite Johnathon's memorial chair.
Intermediate

Black Hole of Calcutta Falls

2.1 mi 3.4 km 121' Up 36.91 m Up 122' Down 37.04 m Down

Auburn, CA
Favorite View from the West Ridge Trail
Intermediate

Cronan Ranch Loop

6.2 mi 10.1 km 771' Up 234.94 m Up 760' Down 231.53 m Down

Auburn…, CA
Favorite Young America Lake (front), Upper Sardine Lake (middle), and Lower Sardine Lake (back)
Intermediate/Difficult

Sierra Buttes

4.8 mi 7.7 km 1,494' Up 455.26 m Up 1,493' Down 454.95 m Down

Downiev…, CA
Favorite An enjoyable hike along the Middle fork of American River, with many great spots for fly fishing
Intermediate/Difficult

Auburn Overlook Park Western States-Quarry Trails Loop (20 miles)

21.1 mi 33.9 km 3,215' Up 980.06 m Up 3,218' Down 980.86 m Down

Auburn, CA
Favorite Hidden Falls.
Intermediate

Hidden Falls Loop

8.6 mi 13.8 km 811' Up 247.31 m Up 812' Down 247.45 m Down

North A…, CA
Favorite The deep forested trail.
Intermediate

Fleming Meadow Trail #8

7.2 mi 11.7 km 1,018' Up 310.14 m Up 1,024' Down 312.09 m Down

Pollock…, CA
Favorite The trail.
Intermediate

Foresthill Divide Loop

11.2 mi 18.0 km 1,087' Up 331.19 m Up 1,087' Down 331.23 m Down

Auburn…, CA
Favorite Prepping for the journey.
Intermediate

Penner Lake

6.4 mi 10.3 km 718' Up 218.86 m Up 719' Down 219.07 m Down

Downiev…, CA

Gold Country Hiking

  • 705 Miles 1,134 Kilometers of Trail
  • 15 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 31 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 90 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 23 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Gold Country - 129

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2.4 mi 3.9 km #1Glacier Lake Trail
Intermediate
Downieville, CA
Intermediate
Downieville, CA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #2Waterfall Trail
Easy
Pollock Pines, CA
Easy
Pollock Pines, CA
3.7 mi 5.9 km #3Lakeview Connector Trail
Intermediate
Auburn Lake Trails, CA
Intermediate
Auburn Lake Trails, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #4Hoot Trail
Intermediate
Nevada City, CA
Intermediate
Nevada City, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Culvert Trail
Difficult
North Auburn, CA
Difficult
North Auburn, CA
5.3 mi 8.5 km #6Gold Valley Rim Trail
Difficult
Downieville, CA
Difficult
Downieville, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km #7Grizzly Bear Trail
Difficult
Auburn Lake Trails, CA
Difficult
Auburn Lake Trails, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #8Sierra Buttes Trail #12E07
Difficult
Downieville, CA
Difficult
Downieville, CA
4.9 mi 7.9 km #9Butcher Trail
Difficult
Downieville, CA
Difficult
Downieville, CA
6.6 mi 10.7 km #10Big Boulder
Difficult
Downieville, CA
Difficult
Downieville, CA

Photos of Gold Country - 216

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Young America Lake (front), Upper Sardine Lake (middle), and Lower Sardine Lake (back)
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
Young America Lake is surrounded by steep, rocky spires
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
Lupines are out in April at Buttermilk Bend.
Apr 14, 2018 near Lake Wi…, CA
Truckee River between Floriston and Verdi in the Fall
Jan 9, 2019 near Kings B…, CA
Clouds rolling in at Island Lake, Carr/Feely trailhead. Tahoe N.F.
Feb 4, 2016 near Downiev…, CA
Sundown at Penner Lake, Tahoe National Forest.
Nov 9, 2015 near Downiev…, CA
Far reaching views from Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA
Lower Sardine Lake from the ascent up Sierra Buttes
Mar 22, 2019 near Downiev…, CA