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This trail along the North Fork of the American River has two methods of access. The portion along the river is 5.8 miles, with opportunities for fishing, camping, swimming, and gold panning.
This trail along the North Fork of the American River has two methods of access. The portion along the river is 5.8 miles, with opportunities for fishing, camping, swimming, and gold panning. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs & lanterns. The upstream (east) end of the trail follows the Old Dorer Ranch Road. It passes old mining ruins and abandoned equipment from the Gold Rush era. Since it passes through private property, care should be taken to stay on the trail. Once at the river, you may choose to cross the river downstream at the suspension footbridge and follow the steep trail up the canyon to the other trailhead at Iron Point, near Casa Loma off of Interstate 80.
From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 12 miles on Foresthill Road to Elliot Ranch Road and turn right, continue approximately 2.5 miles and the trailhead will be on the right NOTE: The road is rocky and a high clearance vehicle is advised.
Forbes Creek Group Campground is located on the southeast shore of Sugar Pine Reservoir in a cedar and pine forest overlooking the reservoir. It is near the North Fork of the American River with access to trails and swimming.
While not as wide, level or well graded as Stagecoach Trail, it provides another perspective on the canyon, and has some shade.
This is a great family hike to a large, deep swimming hole on the North Fork American River, upriver of the confluence.