Placer Creek Trail (Forest Road 356A)
ElevationAscent: 14' 4 m
Descent: -385' -117 m
High: 9,776' 2,980 m
Low: 9,405' 2,867 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“An old mining road descending a deep cut, scenic canyon.”— J. Bella
The energy buzzes with history as you pass some old Forest Service signs and equipment left from the late 1800s when the area was a booming mining district. Hike along the rolling hills above a vast, green meadow to where the trail enters the forest, through some privately held old mines and a mill worth a glance, then a steepening descent towards Placer Creek where remnants of the mining operations are slowly being taken back by nature.
If you're into geology, this is a fascinating area to see as ancient volcanic outcrops line the canyon, interspersed among meadows and slopes covered with aspen and mixed conifer forest. After about a mile, you'll reach the valley floor, cross the stream, and cruise through some open meadows and wetlands to a junction with Forest Road 91B1.
Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest