OVERVIEW: Hike approximately 5-7 miles, generally flat, but among beautiful rolling hills down to the American River. Optional hill on return. Meet 9:00 Placerville for carpool, 9:45 am at Cronan
THE WALK: It will be 5-7 miles and about 3-4 hours. Lunch by the river. We'll return walking up a long hill with a great view, but if you are tired, there is an easier way back. NOTE: ##Please notify me if you are leaving early.
BRING: Wear sturdy boots since the trails are rough, rutted, rocky, and muddy. Also consider a walking stick or two. Bring water, lunch and layers of clothing because it could be quite cool sitting by the river. Also, for sitting on the damp ground by the river, consider bringing a small section of closed-cell foam (similar to a backpacker’s sleeping pad material or something waterproof).
RISKS: As you know with Meetup, this is not a professionally guided outing; Meetup is simply a web-based mailing/photo service for gathering of friends. Consider these issues, there are known to be rattlesnakes and tics, not to mention a rare, rude, speeding mountain biker (among the majority of bikers who are safe and polite).
CARPOOL MEETING, Mosquito Road Bus Station, 9:00 AM, corner of Clay Street and Mosquito Road. (Where Main Street makes a jog to become Broadway. Instead, don't make the turn to Broadway. Drive straight ahead, under highway 50, then follow Mosquito a few blocks to the Bus Station on your left. Please arrive 10 minutes early as we would like to leave as near 9 AM as possible. Consider helping the driver with gas money.
GATHERING AT CRONAN PARKING LOT, 9:30 AM. If you want to go directly to Cronan and not meet us in Placerville, the location is below. Please be on time, because the Placerville carpool group will likely arrive near 9:45.
CRONAN RANCH LOCATION: This is on Highway 49, north of Coloma, south of the town of Cool. The intersection is at Pedro Hill Road 👀 The parking lot is not visible from the highway and THERE IS NO SIGN to Cronan Ranch. You must turn in on Pedro Hill Road and the parking lot is about a hundred yards in. Enter into Google Maps: "California 49 (is Coloma Rd) & Pedro Hill Rd, Cool, California 95614 "
Zoom in to see Pedro Hill Rd and Cronan Ranch.
TO CRONAN FROM PLACERVILLE: From HWY 50 Take Spring Street exit headed North, turn left to Highway 49 North.
*Pass the town of Coloma then pass Nevada House. Cross the bridge.
* From there, continue along Highway 49 (which actually curves into a west-bound direction in this area) for 5.3 miles to Pedro Hill Road, on the left.
*Remember the sign is Pedro Hill Road, NOT Cronan Ranch.
Note: Cronan Ranch could be reached from Highway 80, Auburn and southbound to Cool then Pedro Hill Road (on your right, if southbound on 49).
THIS EVENT COULD BE CANCELED: In case of any last minute changes or I am forced to cancel the hike, be sure to check this web page last thing before you depart in the morning. If there is a change, I’ll try to email to those who have signed up. If you must cancel, please change your RSVP to "no".
LINKS TO OTHER CRONAN RANCH REFERENCES:
To print a map of Cronan trails, here is the link: https://www.coloma.com/wp-content/uploads/Cronan-Map-.pdf