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Monroe Ridge Trail is a 3.6 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.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 643 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

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Forest

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Wild flowers

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Allison Henderson
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Walking

Pretty fun, little challenging uphill/downhill with nice percentage of shade

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Charlene Orlando
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Hiking

A little steep at first but a nice trail hike. It gets hot early so get an early start. It took 2.5 hours with some stops. There are a couple picnic tables along the way too.

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Brian Murray
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HikingRocky

Would recommend this hike. Fee: $8.00 Day use there's a beach near the parking area. park is open from 8 AM to 8 PM Also it's a one way hike. there are signs on where to start. overall great hike, first hill is a hell of a climb at least there's the hill down. sights were average but in the woods was beautiful.

Bee Kind
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Walking

Just a quick trail through Marshal Gold Park. Made it to Monroe entrance but went back down the paved path with kids to explore the town.

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TINA TRAN
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Hiking

Nice easy trial with a gradual climb in the beginning even my injured knee could handle. Mix of shade and sun. I took a wrong turn at one point but this map on here helped me get back on track. I was hiking alone so this was the perfect trail to get away from the city, get fresh air, and not get lost.

Carson Pettit
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Hiking

No scenic views but not a bad hike if you’re in the area.

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Nadja M.
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Hiking

Nice clean trail with narrow stratches, good amount of shade. Some climbing, my 7 and 8 year olds handled just fine. Just wished for more nice views from the top.

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AJ D.
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Hiking

This trail starts out with a park designed for field trips on the history of the discovery of gold in 1848 (not actually ‘49 I learned) complete with what remains of a Chinese immigrant village which sprung up near the mining. The trail itself had a decent up and then down the last half and was a good workout. We took a break toward the end at a nice little vista with a picnic table (~3 hours total). This was easy for the chihuahua and we passed some families towards the bottom - decent moderate hike.

Kelly McGinity
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very pretty trail! I would say this is easy to moderate. pretty good climb to get to the top. lots of beware of mountain lion signs, so probably wouldn't go alone!

Barbara T.
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Hiking

Two of us hiked this trail. Leave extra time to explore the visitor center, the monument, and the grave sites. We lost the trail where all the paths converge in the picnic area near the monument. Trails are not well marked. But they are well maintained. There was little poison oak or berry brambles to deal with. We encountered two trail runners on our Monday hike. Good toilet facilities too. I'd like to go back.

Dovante R
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Hiking

Did this trail in the clockwise direction. This would be a good one to do both ways, and the fact that it is a full loop opens up that option.The trail has some sections with old wood fences as well as a few short stretches where you are walking on very well built and solid wooden stairs with railings. Overall this area is very well maintained. A little exposed as you stroll through the brush in some areas, and some decent elevation gain, so I wouldn't do this hike in the middle of a hot day over 85 but that's just my preference. No major vista at the top but there is an area with a picnic table and some shade near the top point with views of the surrounding Coloma area hills through the trees. Interesting history down in the park too, definitely worth a visit. One of the better hikes in this area for god workout.

Beth Carlsen
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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

Amber Watson
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Hiking

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

Joel Buettner
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Hiking

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

Anne Alexis
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Make extra time to enjoy the historical sites/buildings.

Tania Ulik
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Hiking

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

James V
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Hiking

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

Tim Duncan
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Hiking

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.

Mercedes Poggemann
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Hiking
Kelly Howell
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Hiking

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.

Edith Crawford
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It was a beautiful and easy trail. Thank you.

Andrea Lopez Ames
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Walking

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!

Matt H.
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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.

Miranda Myers
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Hiking

Although there's lots of people in the "downtown" area of the park, the hiking trail wasn't crowded at all when I went. In fact, I only ran into 4 people in about a period of around 2 hours. I accessed the trail by driving up Califonia's shortest highway- highway 153. At the top of the road is a parking lot and the trailhead is across the road. When you start the trail, it's semi-steep and there's picnic tables at the top of the hill. Once you start going down the hill, there's a fork in the trail and I was not impressed with the amount of signage. I went to the right only because I ran into people at the fork that told me if I went right, I'd end up in the downtown park of the park. That unfortunately meant that I had to walk along the busy road for about half an hour just to get back to the parking lot to my car. Just a heads up: If you park in the downtown area and start the trail there where I exited, there's an extremely steep hill you'll have to climb up. Overall the trail was nice, I just wish there was signage showing where the trail went off towards the left when you hit the fork. UPDATE: I have returned and I've gone right at the fork. If you do go right, you wind around some paths downhill for a bit and end up in the downtown area anyway. So regardless of whether or not you go left or right you end up at roughly the same spot. On the signage you're told that if you go left there's some sort of beach, there's not. Bummer I know.

Kendra Wommack
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Very clearly marked, fun to see all the rafters going down the river

Thomas M
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Nice trail with historical sites around the Gold Rush era. Currently, detour at beginning of trail due to bridge repair. First .5 mile pretty steep up fire road. Nice picnic area next to river .

Julia Robinson
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Rebecca Rosen
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Kirsten C
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Chelsea Ford
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