Located in Jamestown, in the heart of Californias Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhousean intact and still-functioning steam locomotive repair and maintenance facility, portions of which date back to 1897. This one-of-a-kind attraction combines industrial heritage and railroad history with the lore of Hollywoods film industry. The Railtown 1897 Interpretive Center, the authentic roundhouse and shops, and the Depot Store (a railroad specialty gift shop) are among the Parks unique year-round offerings. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is open daily (April-October, from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.; November-March, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. HOURS OF OPERATION: April through October, open daily 9:30am to 4:30pm; November through March open daily 10:00am to 3:00pm.
I liked this trail. I want to come back in the spring when everything isn't so dry. I will say even though its dog friendly, I'm not sure all dogs could handle the rocky terrain towards the end. I am 25 years old and I was pretty scared to climb the end haha. Like all other reviewers stated, its totally worth it though. Its beautiful at the top. It definitely is an intermediate trail, but very enjoyable. I went really early in the morning since its now summer and it gets very hot so starting at 7am is ideal in summer. It's great for those wanting a challenge than your regular run of the mill trail. It is a little challenging finding the right way to go once you reach the rocky portion, but it didn't take long to figure out the way.
Enjoyable walk through beautiful California tall grass and oak trees. That's Part 1, and Part 4 on the return since it's a loop. The 500' climb (Part 2) is rocky and steep but a modest effort rewards the hiker with a stunning 180 degree panorama of a long treeless ridge and the reservoir down below. Up top is a rocky plateau, stark and barren. The view is remarkable and a real highlight, even on the same weekend I walked off several stunners in Yosemite, about an hour away. Part 3's descent is a little tricky, so watch your step! This week a flood of purple wild flowers dotted the golden tall grass and provided a nice visual contrast of colors. I saw several native birds and 3 wild turkeys down below, and some buzzards up on the ridge. Very hard to locate the trailhead. Park at the end of the road and look for a gate and trail sign around on the right side.
This hike was fun, especially once you are getting closer to the top. Definitely a moderate hike. The views of the cliffs as you start your hike are pretty cool, and the view at the top is beautiful, especially now that the lake has a little more water. Parking can be tricky. There is no parking lot so you just have to find a spot near the entrance which is a residential area. To find the beginning of the trail head to the metal gate and look to your right. The trail begins right behind a tree/bush. The sign is not visible from the street.
I imagine springtime is the best time for this hike. Everything is so green right now. The bathroom is perfectly placed. We chose to walk through the meadow that parallels the dirt road and found it very scenic and peaceful. The last bit of this trail before reaching the plateau is very steep and rocky, a challenge for this semi-fit 50 year old. I was very pleased to have persevered as the view from the top was a satisfying reward.
BEAUTIFUL hike. The address in the app is spot on. It has enough challenges to know you enjoyed a nice workout and enough areas that are easy walking. We took 5 kids ages 10 to 13 and they all loved it and did it with ease. It's rocky up at the top but just take your time and use the rocks and trees as your friend to help you along the way. Had lunch at the top and then enjoyed the trip back down. Yes, you're in the direct sun some, but there's lots of shade as well. We will definitely do this again!
this was a great hike! We parked before the gate to make it a tad longer for ourselves. As others have said, the walk to the bathroom is easy and very flat. Then, the next miles is quite uphill, but still doable :) We were a group of 4 with ages of 17-52! We brought a yummy lunch to have at the top!