Along California’s historic Highway 49, in Coloma between Placerville and Auburn, tucked neatly into a beautifully forested valley in the Sierra foothills, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park straddles the South Fork of the American River. James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter's sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation. The purpose of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is to secure for the people and to make available for their observation, inspiration, and enjoyment, the gold discovery site and its environs as an accurate portrayal of the story that unfolded at the time of the discovery and Gold Rush. The park's interpretive program primarily embraces the period from 1847 through 1852, but also shows the town of Coloma as it developed. Visitors have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon, where the gold discoverer rests today, see California's first historic monument, the statue of James Marshall pointing at his gold discovery site. Throughout the year the park provides daily interpretive programs at the sawmill replica. Participate in special events, exhibits and "Live History Days" planned regularly throughout the year; contact the Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor Center for details. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

Nice and easy trail. Recommend for families and children.

It was perfect weather, and the perfect distance especially it being our first hike! Lots of shade and hills, made for a nice little workout as well:).. Me and my husband gave it four stars, and can’t wait to explore more trails :)

Very clean, quiet beautiful walk.

I really like this trail. Good views and much of it is shaded.

Went on a beautiful Tuesday morning. Used it as a Photography hike. Beautiful views of the American River. Left at 9am. Didn’t see a soul until the school buses headed in to Coloma about 11am. Great views for an easy hike

4 months ago

A lot more people than expected. Also more road noise. Still, an enjoyable hike and we could bring the dog.

decent for a beginner, such as myself. I will probably return in the spring the scenery will probably be better then.

5 months ago

Nice trail to bring your dog. Trail is well maintained.

Make extra time to enjoy the historical sites/buildings.

7 months ago

Quiet and nice view along the way, very straight forward trail. Visited some of the museums in Mashall Gold park.

Shaded most of the way. Sloping ascent for 30 or so mins at slow pace.

More uphill than I expected but a really nice trail that is well-maintained. Lots of shade and some pretty amazing views. Be very careful of the poison oak.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The trail is nice but LOTS of poison oak alongside the trail.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Opinion: Good trail with a good variety of up and down. Nothing too hard. The trail itself is well worn and easy to walk on. The creek is dry currently so we didn't see any waterfalls of anything like that, but the trail has a nice amount of wildflowers and historical sites that make it fun. At 3.2 miles it's short enough to be ok for dogs and kids and friends who might not hike often, but it's got enough uphill (just a series of switchbacks) to get the blood moving. The river at the trailhead/end is good for cooling off. Plus at the statue of john marshall and at the park/trailhead there are stone grills and picnic tables for cooking. We really didn't see any othe people on the actual trail. At the park there were some people, but it was quiet and nice enough to make for a great day away.

Info: The park closes at 8pm. no camping is allowed. Fishing in the river is ok with a license. On the trail you're likely to see lizards and some bugs, but warning signs for mtn lions, rattlesnakes, and ticks are around, so be aware of your surroundings. Also watch out for poison oak.

Love this piece of gold country. Beautiful views!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

I did this hike last spring. An easy day hike. Best to go in Spring and Autumn or even a nice winter day. If you go in the summer it's dry and hot, however I remember a lot of the trail was shaded.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It was a beautiful and easy trail. Thank you.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

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

Thursday, November 03, 2016

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..

Monday, September 26, 2016

great hike

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

My kids & I (10 & 8yrs old) drove up to Coloma. It was not very busy. The trail was moderately difficult for me. Only seen one other couple on the trail. We had a great time together!! I did not realize it was a loop trail we went to monument and then back down the way we came. Said 1.5 miles on Fitbit but was 611 calories burned!! We also gold panned!! Good day!

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

It was ok. We started late and ended up going down the way we came after we realized following the trail would take us way farther away from our car and it was not really a loop unless you count going along the road as a loop. We did see fresh scat on the trail. Possibly mountain lion.

Great trail for dogs!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

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.

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