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.
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*****************
* 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!
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.