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.

hiking
9 days ago

my favorite hike!

The mountain is striking with gorgeous views, even as you are climbing up. A couple of tips:

1) The trail is not well shaded. So would not recommend hiking during a 100+ degree day (like we did)

2) The directions on AllTrails takes you to a trailhead. However, the first part of the hike is flat and basically follows the road. Also very hot and with limited shade. You can skip that first part and just start hiking up the mountain if you open the gate at the end of where AllTrails directs you to and continue driving down Shell Road. There will be another trailhead and space for parking further down near the restrooms

3) There is a part that requires bouldering

hiking
2 months ago

Went with friends, a 7 y.o. and my little dog. We made it to the top. Not super hard, but definitely need to be a little fit to get up there. Definitely worth it, will be back!

Reached the top with my 13 year old son. Great view on top.

The table top was covered in purple brodeia wildflowers (one lone poppy), we were down by noon, thankfully, it was getting warm. But, the hike was glorious!

Wonderful hike. Be aware of the poison oak!

The trail starts out very easy and becomes more challenging the closer you get to the mountain face. The worst of it is not very long, but you will find yourself climbing up rocks on a steep hill. However, the view from the top is worth the climb! I would recommend going first thing in the morning as there is no shade up top.