The trail winds through old growth forest. Notice the many trees of different sizes, ages, and species. If you happen to visit during the spring, wildflowers are plentiful along the trail. This short trail offers scenic views and is easy enough to be enjoyed by the whole family. The trail intersects with the Placer County Big Trees trail. Pick up a self-guided, interpretive brochure of the Big Trees Trail at either the Foresthill Ranger Station (on Foresthill Rd 1.2 miles before you get to Mosquito Ridge Rd) or the California Welcome Center in Auburn. The entire length of both trails is approximately 1½ miles. There is a picnic area adjacent to the upper parking lot with tables, BBQs, piped water, and restrooms available.

  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Views

From Foresthill, take the Mosquito Ridge Road (Road 96) approximately 24 miles to the Placer Big Trees turnoff, and turn right. The picnic area and trailhead are one half mile from this turn.


  • French Meadows Reservoir

    French Meadows Reservoir

    Foresthill, CA

    Popular activities on the reservoir include boating, canoeing, fishing and swimming.

    Mosquito Ridge Road 96, Foresthill, CA 95631
  • Sandy Beach

    Sandy Beach

    Tahoe Vista, CA

    This tiny piece of public shoreline in Tahoe Vista offers the perfect place for a picnic with tables and barbecues with a gorgeous view of Lake Tahoe.

    6873 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
  • Geocaching – Squaw Valley

    Geocaching – Squaw Valley

    Olympic Valley, CA

    Geocachers can ride Squaw Valley’s scenic Aerial Tram up to High Camp, el. 8200 feet, to find 10 caches hidden among the mountain’s peaks using GPS coordinates.

    High Camp, Olympic Valley, CA 96146