Let's go for a hike in Colfax!

  • March 10, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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DISREGARD MAP/ADDRESS ABOVE.  Follow directions here:

15 miles east of Auburn on I-80 in Colfax, take the Highway 174 Colfax and Grass Valley Exit, following the signs to curve around and go back over the freeway.  At the STOP, turn right onto S. Auburn Avenue and follow it 3 miles until the road curves to the left, becoming Grass Valley Street.  Travel on Grass Valley Street for 0.3 miles and make a left on Rising Sun Road. Travel 2 miles and make a left onto Tokayana Way.  Go 0.8 miles and make a right onto Mills Ranch Road.

At most turns, there are signs for Bear River Campground to follow.  Stay on Milk Ranch Road and you arrive at the campground entrance in 1.6 miles. Travel thru the campground 0.6 miles and find the large gravel parking area on the right.


Difficulty: Mild

Distance: A 2-mile loop

Elevation: 200 feet

Description: The trail starts on a gravel service road following along Bear River en route to group camping areas.  There are plenty of access spots to the stop along the river or to watch gold miners at work, some with shovels and some in full scuba gear floating in the shallow waters and turning over rocks, looking for gold!  Along the way, we will pass two trails taking off to the left (at 0.2 and 0.4 miles), but stay straight on the service road to the group campground.  We will reach the destination at 0.9 miles.  Here, there is a bathroom (hooray!) on the left and our trail starts immediately after that.  If you are trying to catch up or get lost, please note at this point if you cross the creek in the campground, you've gone too far!

At this point, starting now on the dirt trail, we will walk uphills following Osita Creek on the right (again, no crossing the creek here). Continuing 0.2 miles with 100 foot elevation gain to Bear Falls just before the trail veers left and away from the creek.  You can cross the creek at the falls (easy rock hop) and there is a trail taking you to the base with a pretty pool below.

Because of the amount of poison oak from this point, we will turn around and go back the same way we came in!

 

There is plenty to enjoy here!  Bring snacks for you and your family and your dog!  Bring plenty of water.  You may decide to hang out there with your family rather than heading back with the group~!

 

After leaving the campground, you can stop in Old Colfax to shop or eat... just turn onto Main Street from Grass Valley Street at the four-way stop.

 

 

***************BEFORE YOU RSVP*****************

Consider:

*  No cap on attendance, so be prepared for a big crowd.

*  I am not okay with off-leash dogs, sorry.  If you would like off leash play dates with other members, please feel free to start a discussion on the homepage!  I have to follow all leash laws with this group. Thank you for your cooperation on this.  There are a lot of meetup groups that do allow off leash hikes and things like that!  I bet some of our members can help out in that regard.

*  Dogs unsafe around other dogs are not allowed.  If your dog needs a little bit of space from other dogs, that is okay and is up to you to manage.   However, consider this:  How would your dog react to a hiker's off leash dog?  You must be prepared for that possibility as a lot of people choose to ignore leash laws.

* Bring dogs that you can safely handle.

* Respect nature and the environment.  Clean up after your pet.

* Bring water and food for you and your pet. Dress appropriately. Stay with the group or announce other intentions (staying behind with family) so we don't worry!  Be safety minded at all times. Enjoy yourself!

 

If you have any questions, please let me know!

 

Kay Gramm-Palmieri

Organizer

 

WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY:

By RSVPing for this event, you hereby release, waive, discharge and hold harmless any organizer of this meetup group as well as the City of Colfax, the City of Grass Valley, its county, the state park system and its officers, agents, volunteers, and directors from any and all liability, claims, and expenses whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, that may be sustained to you or your dog as a result of your participation in this event or thereafter.

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  • Diane K.

    Sadie, Mumsy and I had a great time and met some really nice people. Unfortunately we were unable to complete the walk because Sadie developed a problem with her right, rear leg secondary to "jumping" in and out of back seat of the car. I will have to try to work on a new behavior of her putting her front legs onto the back seat so that I can lift her back end in. She does not like "help" and has always been sensitive regarding her "rear end".
    So, I may have quite a challenge ahead of me.

    Thanks for all you do Kay !!!

    Diane

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kay is an amazing leader, always thoughtful of everyone. Had a fantastic time today. Great company, weather and beautiful location.

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Kay G.

      You are so sweet Marilyn! Thanks so much for coming! I loved seeing you and Meadow. I have the backpack for you and wondered if I could drop it by your house tomorrow? : ) Kay

      March 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tomorrow is fine Kay, and thanks so much.

      March 11, 2013

  • Judi M.

    Bennie and I had fun! He really enjoyed the river rocks....silly dog. Can't wait to go back to this location :)

    1 · March 10, 2013

    • Kay G.

      He was soooooo adorable!!!! I loved seeing him having so much fun : )

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a fun time on this beautiful trail. Kay is AWESOME! Met very nice people and their dogs. Thank you, Kay.

    March 10, 2013

    • Kay G.

      You are pretty awesome yourself!! We had a blast, didn't we? :) Btw - the Lodi walk is Sunday the 24th if you can make it! It was great meeting you!

      1 · March 11, 2013

  • Candace R.

    So fun; met lots of nice people and dogs. That water fall was hugh. lol I am so proud of Murphy and look forward to the next hike.

    1 · March 11, 2013

    • Kay G.

      HA~! Candace, the comment about the waterfall being huge made me totally crack up. Thanks for the laugh : ) I think Murphy was simply fabulous!!! See you soon! K

      March 11, 2013

  • Kay G.

    Thanks everybody for the comments! I had such a fun time!!!!! We will definitely be doing this hike again and the picnic/camping idea is in the works! Thanks for coming out for the adventure! Warm welcome to new members Treva, Jon, Lynn Hall. We enjoyed having you and look forward to seeing you at future meetups! Diane, I was thinking about your sweet gal and was wondering if she was feeling better? See you all soon! Kay

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Belle and I had a great time at this meetup. Weather was fantastic, scenery gorgeous. Kay is AWESOME! Met very nice people and well behaved dogs.

    March 10, 2013

  • Kay G.

    Hi everyone, Ba sure to pass the first lot and head to day parking!

    March 10, 2013

  • megan

    Is there an option for potential carpooling (2 dogs 20lbs) Or maybe caravanning?

    March 5, 2013

    • megan

      Not gonna make it- maybe next time when I feel more comfortable with directions.

      March 10, 2013

  • Ralph C.

    Hi, Kay - sorry we need to pull out but Sheri just got over the flu and doesn't want to share her bug! Thanks - Ralph, Sheri, Molly and Quincy

    March 9, 2013

  • Ally

    Flu! Next time

    March 8, 2013

  • Judi M.

    How far of a drive would you say this is from Roseville?

    March 5, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    I look forward to learning more about your training and meet ups. What fun this is going to be!

    March 5, 2013

  • Alexis L.

    Sorry but that's right during church for us.

    March 4, 2013

  • Mia R.

    Bummer, we are out of town, so have to miss this one.

    January 18, 2013

    • Kay G.

      Next time! :)

      March 1, 2013

  • Cindy Q.

    Will come to the next meeting that is closer to home.

    January 19, 2013

    • Kay G.

      Where is home?

      March 1, 2013

  • Molly Blaisdell M.

    Phooey...having a guest and she won't be leaving until about 10 a.m. Next time for sure!

    February 28, 2013

    • Kay G.

      Double darn it! We will miss you Molly and Noni!

      March 1, 2013

  • Joyce C.

    A reminder would be great, thanks.

    January 27, 2013

    • Kay G.

      Hi Joyce! This is coming up soon! Kay : )

      February 28, 2013

  • Jon E.

    Jon & Duke , Dave & Abby will be there

    2 · February 9, 2013

  • Joyce C.

    We will sign up and hope to at least start the walk with the group.

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Coco C.

    Hi Kay - This sounds fun. I am signing up. I am not sure if Poeme can make the entire walk, but we can turn around if I think he is getting too tired ...

    1 · January 16, 2013

    • Kay G.

      SO excited that Poeme (and YOU!) are coming! : )

      January 24, 2013

  • ashley

    Abby and I are excited!

    January 16, 2013

  • Kay G.

    Sure, as long as she is friendly! :)

    January 15, 2013

    • Ally

      Yes!! He is very friendly and enjoys the outdoor. Thanks!

      1 · January 15, 2013

  • Ally

    Is small dogs ok for this hike? Casper is a Shih Tzu.

    January 15, 2013

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