Monroe Ridge Trail and the Monument Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews

Monroe Ridge Trail and the Monument Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coloma, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 672 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Enjoy a 3-mile hike in the hills above historical Coloma in Marshall Gold Discovery Historical State Park. This nice hike starts on the other side of Hwy 49 from the parking lot ($8 for day use) and is a great introduction to some history of the area. The trail is fairly steep at the beginning but will soon level out and become more enjoyable. You can bring a lunch and stop at one of the two picnic tables along the trail to enjoy the views and listen to the sounds of nature. This trail ends at the Marshall Monument where you can learn more about the role Marshall played in Coloma while viewing his old cabin, a cemetery, church, and a number of other historical buildings in Coloma.

6 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail. Not too long, not too short. If you connect Monument trail to Monroe Trail it's 3 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

This was done almost 10 years ago with my wife on a very hot , dry summer afternoon. She live nearby in Rescue for a short time. Good hike with some views that we found more on accident than looking to do a trail that day. Sightseeing and stumbled upon it..

3 months ago

4 months ago

great hike

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is one of our family favs. Love stopping at the local cafe/deli. This trail is particularly special because of the history. Very enjoyable.

hiking
9 months ago

11 months ago

It was okay. There was tons of poison oak, we had to pay $8 for parking, and dogs are required to be on leash. The bathrooms are pristine and the park Rangers are nice and helpful. There are probably better trails in the same area.

1 year ago

Great trail for dogs!

walking
1 year ago

Got 3.7 miles 1 hour 11 min. Nice short loop. Some pics for helping people find the trail head.

walking
1 year ago

Monroe Ridge Trail to Monument. Seems to make the Coloma Loop. Gary Pinkley gives good advise on Trail.
Finding it was not fun. Look for the set of white buildings. Trail is to the right of the building.
Pretty nice in the winter. Wont go int the summer! to hot!

hiking
1 year ago

The Coloma Loop Trail is comprised of the Monroe Ridge trail and Monument trail.
Total combined is 3.7miles Pretty easy haul.
If you are coming from Placerville the GPS told me to go up hwy 49 then take a left on Church Street then a right on Hwy 153. If you are looking for the trail it is a hug waste of time and will take you to the actual monument that you'll hike up to. Hwy 49 takes a hair pin turn to the right. Church street goes left, stay on 49 to the right. Go into town and you will see two very large parking area on your right. Doesn't really matter which one you park at. The trail head is across the street. There is an area with several white buildings farm house looking structures and there must be 8 of them. Facing the buildings, the trail head is on the right side. Look for the big rock with metal plate. Its up in the field maybe 150yards Not on the road side.

hiking
1 year ago

Pretty easy walk. Spent more time looking for the trail head than hiking it. Look at the Coloma Loop Trail and Monument Trail.

hiking
1 year ago

The Monument Trail seems to be an attached trail coming off the Monroe Ridge Trail.
Total combined is 3.7miles Pretty easy haul.
If you are coming from Placerville the GPS told me to go up hwy 49 then take a left on Church Street then a right on Hwy 153. If you are looking for the trail it is a hug waste of time and will take you to the actual monument that you'll hike up to. Hwy 49 takes a hair pin turn to the right. Church street goes left, stay on 49 to the right. Go into town and you will see two very large parking area on your right. Doesn't really matter which one you park at. The trail head is across the street. There is an area with several white buildings farm house looking structures and there must be 8 small buildings. Facing the buildings, the trail head is on the right side of them. Look for the big rock with metal plate. Its up in the field maybe 150yards.

hiking
1 year ago

Summertime: not the greatest for hiking. Too hot, choking on dust, and looking at the greyness of the coated trees. I'm sure this hike would be tons better with the fall colors coming in, nice views of the valley below.
Lets wait for late October to hit.

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

Great hike