This trail is just too flippin' cool - both literally and figuratively. It's nice and shady...
According to my trusty guidebook, this hike is a secluded foothill trail, descending 1100 feet down into American Canyon which contains a small tributary of the Middle Fork American River and American Canyon Creek.
THE HIKE: American Canyon's northeast facing slopes are clothed in a dense oak forest and the canyon bottom is covered with lush riparian vegetation. Examples of Gold Rush heritage. The canyon's inner gorge is filled with scenic cascades and waterfalls. Other features include wildflowers and a meadow. There are several stream crossings.
We can return on an alternate route, Dead Truck Trail to Wendell T. Robie, making this a loop hike.
If it's warm enough, you may want to consider bringing a swimsuit (or at the very least water sandals for wading in the river) and a snack.
Difficulty: 4 (5 is most difficult), Vertical Feet: 1100+/- , Surface: Dirt.
Dogs Allowed on leash
BRING: Usual hiking gear, snack and water
For printable map and more details go to:
MEETING PLACE: 9.30 am at trailhead
*Hwy 49 to Cool.
*At Hwy 193, Left toward Georgetown,
*Continue for approximately 5.3 miles then turn left onton Sweetwater Trail on the north side, which is opposite Pilgrim Court on the south. (This turn is before the village of Greenwood).
*Your trailhead is on the right, just at the top of the street, before the gated entrance to the Auburn Lake Trails development.
*There is more parking along Sweetwater Trail closer to Hwy 193
The trailhead is signed AMERICAN CANYON TRAIL - THIRD GATE
GPS COORDINATES: N38"54"48" W 120 55' 37"