Looking for a "flippin' awesome" way to work off some calories before Thxgiving?
Come try the Foresthill Divide Loop - a 11-12 mile intermediate round trip hike, just outside of Auburn.
THIS IS A LONG AND TIRING HIKE - PLEASE KNOW YOUR FITNESS LEVEL.
We've only hiked this a handful of times before, but it's beautiful, offering views of Lake Clementine as well as both the North and Middle Forks of the American River.
If you're curious about the route and description, please read the following website - in fact you can print it out and bring it along as it has directions, map and description. Please note, many descriptions say it's only 9 miles, but when we last did it, it turned out to be closer to 11 miles!
The slope is between 4 - 15% maximum.
Bring layers, sturdy shoes, poles, water, snacks if needed, and above all a good sense of humor....You're going to need it!
PLEASE READ THESE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY and advise below if you want to carpool and meet on the far side of the FH Bridge at 8.45am.
Ultimate Meeting point:
Trailhead West (see above website for map) is located on Foresthill Rd, 3.5 miles east of Foresthill Bridge at a parking lot called the Grizzly Bear turnout. This is a paid parking area - $10 I believe, but free with your Poppy Pass. Meet there at 8.50 a.m. and be ready to hike by 9.00am
Alternative Carpool Meeting Point
For those of us coming from the Sacramento/Auburn direction, we can meet on the far side of the Foresthill Bridge and carpool to the aforementioned parking lot. Those with Poppy Passes can park at the trailhead for free. If we don't have enough drivers with a pass, we can still carpool and split the $10 fee between all in the vehicle. Plus, parking is limited at the trailhead so this will help with congestion.
Please note, this is an intermediate/advanced hike. If you've never hiked, or are just getting back into it, this is probably NOT the hike for you. We hike at a fairly brisk pace (3 miles per hour), and while this may not be Training Hill elevation, it is quite a distance.