Sailor Meadow Trail

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Sailor Meadow Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Foresthill, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,427 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

bird watching





over grown

This is a relatively steep, 1.5-mile trail that follows a ridge down to Sailor Meadow - a small meadow that's surrounded by one of the few remaining stands of old-growth forest in the area. Most topo maps will show this trail heading straight north to Walker Mine, but nobody goes that way. The stats here are only to Sailor Meadow, which the trail reaches by taking a hard left once it gets off the ridge.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I added this trail. As of mid-July 2015 it is pretty overgrown and just barely followable, a GPS is really helpful, but the trail route is not all that complicated - just follow the top of the ridge down and make a 90-degree left when it levels off. The hard part is finding that turn again on the way back up, it's easy to overshoot it. I didn't see any trace of the section that continues north to Walker Mine, which is what's shown on most topo maps and the AllTrails overlay. The meadow is fairly small but idyllic, with waist-high grass surrounded by ferns and huge trees. The stream leading out of it is at the bottom of a ~10ft deep, fern-filled trench that can be crossed on log bridges. There are some nice campsites if you are willing to put up with the mosquitoes.

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