This is an old trail that was used by miners to reach the North Fork of the American River.
This is an old trail that was used by miners to reach the North Fork of the American River. It is steep with short sections of 35% slope. As you start down the trail, there are spectacular views looking up the canyon. About halfway down the trail, be cautious of the poison oak. The trail ends at the river, but it is possible to travel up and down the river by scrambling along the riverbank. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs & lanterns.
- Distance 2.12 miles each way
- Difficulty Difficult
- Website Italian Bar Trail
- Best Feature As you start down the trail there are spectacular views looking up the canyon
From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Rd and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 14.5 miles on Foresthill Rd to Humbug Ridge Rd (Forest Road 66) and turn left. Continue approximately 2½ miles to the trailhead on the right. NOTE: The road is rocky and a high clearance vehicle is advised.