Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Foresthill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 days ago

Jeff Olson (11-7-18, Wednesday): From the campsite at Foresthill Road it is just under 1 mile to the beginning of the trail where there is a metal box where you can put on paper your experience for others to read. The trail is down from the box to the right. This trail was cleared Spring 2018; downed trees and blackberry bushes were cleared all the way to the river. The trail has a pretty steady grade of 20-40 degrees all the way down, a little steeper closer to the river. I took 2 hours going down, taking my time. It took me 2.8 hours back up, much harder! I didn't go up-river past the makeshift campsite at the end of this trail at the river. So I don't know if the trail upstream is clear of bushes, etc. No mosquitoes but gnats in abundance. A warm Fall season up to now, with barely freezing temperatures at night. I fished a little and caught a small trout. Easy with a pheasant tail nymph fly; released back into the river. A nice day-hike but strenuous. Once you reach the river, the big rocks just downstream a few hundred feet offer a nice place to relax, get some sun and swim or fish. Access to the river from the trail is very steep with few places to get down safely; one spot by the makeshift campsite. The miners cabin just past and up a few hundred feet from the makeshift campsite is well preserved and interesting to see. I saw nobody on or near the trail all day. One small creek about 1/3 the way down had a little water running; enough to filter if needed. I recommend 2 liters of water per person as you head up the trail from the river. No snakes, deer or bears seen. A nice day hike for the hardy hikers.

8 days ago

Having been down this trail several times in the past, prior to the fire. I eagerly started down a trail that had been destroyed and closed by a forest fire eight or more years ago. My online search having shown that the trail was good and cleared to the bottom. The trail drops 2700 feet in 2.36 miles and in difficulty would be equivalent to doing the Euchre Bar trail to the river and back 1 ½ times in one day. This was what I considered the difficulty prior to the forest fire. That was all about to change.

There were no road signs to get into the trail. Maps or GPS would be helpful if you had never been there. You will need to park near the paved road unless you have high ground clearance. After you walk in, you will notice that the trail sign has been burnt and shot and is slightly legible.

Trail has a short incline in the beginning and your Verizon service may work - mine did. This will last for about 1/4 to 1/2 mile then the signal is gone. You will also notice on the trail is that with the canopy of the forest missing, the sun is on your back. Any hope of a mountain breeze is blocked by the new, dense 5’ undergrowth. The dead fallen trees hold the moisture down and make the humidity go way up. The insects are thriving There is a brand new ecosystem with lots of decaying matter which feeds insects, small mammals and snakes and bears.

I had called the ranger station as well as checked the U.S. Forest Service website prior to trip and based on the information I found had anticipated a good trail. The first mile was great, then it became overgrown about halfway down. When I considered a retreat, I thought it would be safer to go down further to the spring and resupply with water. Unfortunately, the further you got down the trail the worse the trail got. You are basically bushwacking through high humidity insect and snake country with the sun on your back. Definitely wear a hat even if you are planning on using sunscreen as any sunscreen you have will bleed off in sweat.
There were a lot of bear droppings. About 3/4 of the way down you finally hit the spring. At this point there is running water and the trail is gone. It was apparent that someone had marked the trail with orange/pink tape down low. You will need to cut your way through and climb over and under fallen trees and bushes to get to the bottom and you will lose the trail constantly. It’s apparent that work was given up on the lower trail. You can see they had a chain saw. They didn’t cut through the fallen trees, just nicked the top of fallen trees with a chain saw like a marker on the way down. After you get to the bottom of the trail you won’t be at the river. You can go down to the river (Westerly) or up the river which will bring you to the slightly damaged Tadpole Creek Bridge. There is water there -take-it the water had almost stopped running in the creek and was almost gone. You can scramble down this steep creek to the river or follow the trail up or down. I did the creek scramble toward the river and loaded up on snacks and water and walked out in daylight as the evening became cooler. My whole body was sore and dirty from trail hunting, trail climbing and bleeding from the bushes.

I think the trail was actually equivalent to three times in one day of the Euchre Bar trail to the river and back in effort. I’ve hiked these areas for thirty years and this hike could be your last if you are not in shape and prepared. These areas are intensely beautiful/steep rugged and rarely crossed by foot, raft, etc. You would think a forest fire would clear the trail. However, it’s just the opposite. I drank approximately 3 ½ gallons of water on total hike.

So, if you do choose to take this hike be prepared for a wild and dangerous adventure and proceed with extreme caution! Read trail reviews as Forest Services website claimed in May that the trails were good. Reviews will set you straight. I called the ranger station following my trip and four months later the forest service state that the trail is clear?

In summary if you like hot sun, snakes, mosquitos, ant bites, poison oak and bleeding scratches from berry bushes you will love this trail.

28 days ago

I wouldn’t say it’s moderate. Definitely be in shape for this trail. It’s steep and both ways will hurt. The trail and river used to be beautiful before it got burned out by forest fire so it’s really not worth the trouble. Too bad

Did the out and back from Mumford Campground to Mumford Cabin and back with wife and daughter . Trail is in great shape, really enjoyed it! Some beautiful views of the canyon along the way. This hike is basically an easy 4.75 miles down and a solid effort back up. We recommend it!

3 months ago

The trail is in the worst shape it’s been in for 36 years with trees down and overgrowth, we had to “rock hop” along the river for some of it. It also had more fresh bear poop that I’ve seen and one of our group saw a mountain lion. It’s worth getting down there but be prepared to hurt.

4 months ago

Good physical challenge. Boring switchbacks mostly shaded. Trail is a continous steep grade all the way up the canyon. River is nice and there are blackberry bushes at the bottom. I went in july and drank all my 1.5l water and ran out about the last mi on a 90 degree day. There were a couple of creeks running on the way to get water. I would say wear bug spray and carry at least 3l of water or a backpacks straw to refill at the bottom.

To say that this trial is hard, would be an understatement! 11.5 miles from the campground is very accurate. The trail is very overgrown. To the point where we questioned if we had somehow gotten off the trail. To get down to the water is extremely difficult and steep! Bring bug spray! The mosquitos are horrendous! We gotten eaten alive! Make sure to bring plenty of water. We ran out on the way back and had to send my brother in law to refill our water bottles at the little water fall/spring. Not to be dramatic, but we thought we might die, and we’re not amateurs to hiking.

Never found it

4 months ago

To add to the crazy stories from this trail, yesterday I was attacked by a nesting goshawk that built its nest right above the trail. A few good punctures to the back of the head. I would not recommend hiking this trail until later in the year when the chicks have left the nest.

Trees down and erosion at end prevented us from safely accessing the river.

10 months ago

Upper portions of the trail havent been cleared of trees felled after the 2008 fire. Lots of obstacles. Not the grand and mysterious an entrance to the canyon as Mumford Bar. Steep cutbacks. Kind of blunt descent.

11 months ago

Hard! 8 miles 1 way. plan on camping at upper hell hole when going here. be prepared for a lot of up and down stretches. we called them stairways to hell. when you reach the campground it becomes heaven. spent a week here. lake was way low but plenty of fun with the river. recommend boating to upper hell hole not hiking

Monday, October 23, 2017

Updated review: we just backpacked this trail overnight and it still isn't that bad, granted it's kinda late in the season (Oct 21), maybe we missed peak blackberry. We brought a big pair of hedge shears, a bow saw and the usual bear mace - didn't see any bears though. The blackberries and the brush along the trail need to be cut constantly but they aren't bad and there were only a few downed trees. Just make sure to wear long pants.

As people said, this trail is intense, make sure you pack with that in mind. Remember to bring enough water for the climb, though if you have a filter there is an apparently reliable creek at N39.18596° W120.62842°, which is fairly near the top. I'll grant too that this was only supposed to be an access trail and there's nothing really exciting at the bottom - more of a do-it-just-to-say-you've-done-it sort of thing.

I'm pretty sure that portion of this trail on the north half of the river no longer exists, or at any rate isn't maintained, since I've never heard of anyone who's done it, or even found it.

I'm not sure if people here are referring to the trail that continues upriver as the part that's impassible. Technically that's the American River Trail (Mumford is only an access trail, like Beacroft and Sailor Flat, though since it doesn't really have it's own page yet I'll write this here):
We went out there overnight to see how far we could get, and my verdict is that that trail is just...no. The entire canyon between Mumford and Sailor burned a decade ago, 99% of the trees are dead, and now it's the biggest brushfield-slash-snagfield I've ever seen. It looks like the Forest Service cleared the trail out to about a mile and a half from the end of Mumford, just past that little hill (IRL not so little and made of steep loose rock; don't try to climb) on the south side of the river - you can see it on the satellite pictures. Then you hit a wall of brush. It's worth going out there to see the canyon though.

We spent two days bushwacking it (I prefer to call it extreme gardening) with the shears (though loppers would probably have been a bit more useful) and nearly got to Beacroft - though not on the trail...the trail is a lost cause. We went out to the end of the cleared trail and then cut through a wall of solid brush - and I mean like tunneling though it on hands and knees - to the river, and since the water's so low now we could follow the banks and rock bars upriver until the canyon got too steep. We cut back up to the trail around N39.21255 W120.58376 - a half-mile west of Beacroft - and found it still overgrown and impassible, though recognizable, and somehow marked with pink survey flags all the way along it for apparently the whole length. Overall it looks like we're going to have to wait for either the Forest Service to somehow clear it or for the forest to regrow and shade all of that brush out, which at this rate we'll be lucky to see in our lifetimes. I can't recommend camping out there either, but if you do obviously stay away from the dead trees, they're falling all the time, if you're out there long enough you'll hear them.

Monday, September 25, 2017

This trail is very steep and long. NOT for the faint of heart. Its has some beautiful views and some cool mining equipment off the trail but is definitely difficult due to the grade of the trail. Would not recommend for beginners.

on Gold Dollar Trail

Sunday, September 10, 2017

We never found the start of the trail. The area is really nice, been to big trees a couple of times. Any one know if there is a sign at the start of the trail?

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Wouldn't recommend. Went today. Got to the river where the black berry overgrowth is so large you can't get through without a machete like everyone said. But shortly after arriving there I came across a bear and her cubs and barely made it out alive. Then I ran into a man who apparently lives in the cabin out there right now. I was alone with my dog, it was scary and unforgettable to say the least. Hike back up was difficult.

Monday, July 24, 2017

RATTLESNAKES!!!!! It was a strenuous hike both in and out, but definitely doable. We initially planned on hitting the primitive campgrounds, but bypassed those as we could see and hear boat campers at the lake. We hiked another mile or so passed the primitive campgrounds along the marked trail and found a beautiful spot to set up camp. We encountered a total of 5 rattlesnakes during our 2 day trip, 4 of those directly on the trail. Even though we were aware of the snakes in the area and we were constantly looking for them, they are very hard to see until you are nearly on top of them. Fortunately they moved along and we continued passed them. Bring water but there are several spots along the trail to filter water and the lake is accessible in 2 spots as well.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Enter through a small campground. I parked near the campers and started my hike there. The signage is a little rough and then you come upon a sign that just says Trail that someone carved in wood. There's been a forest fire there recently so lots of fallen, cut down and burned trees everywhere. It's pretty desolate out there. Once you get to about 4 miles you see a river and a little further up you can walk out to it. I did 8.8 miles today. It's pretty boring for most of that way down. Be careful of the blackberry areas that haven't been cleared throughout the trail. Lots of thorns. Didn't see much poison oak which was kind of nice. Definitely hard climb back up.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Offers some good views of the canyon, but it is very overgrown in the bottom section. Once you near the river level, be prepared to go through lots of bushes hanging across the bath. Some have spines to I recommend lightweight pants. The trail along the river is great and there are a number of access points to go hang out on the rocks or swim.

The GPS track shows a route up the other side of the canyon, but I couldn't find any river crossing.

Monday, May 29, 2017

My first trip on the trail in a while. The road is rougher coming into the trailhead, you will want high clearance. The trail has not been maintained so will be slow going. It's steep but a pretty trail. Hopefully the road will get back to normal later this year after this monster winter.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

In the summer 2016 went on a backpacking trip, spent the weekend. Trail is great and easy on the way down, once you get to the bottom it is overgrown with blackberries, bushes..and trail goes along the river but you have to cut your way through the whole time. Bring a machete. We ended up hiking in the river up and then down. Hiking back up was difficult, steep, with well over 100 switchbacks.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I felt the trail was decently maintained up to the berry bushes next to the river. Lots of Bear traces(i.e. poop). My dogs and I enjoyed the river. Clean and refreshing. The hike up was difficult. Especially if you're trying to skate around the berry bushes. Best to just go back through them. Bring plenty of water and have a picnic down by the river. Please pick up after yourself. Did find some debris(very little).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

This was a very strenuous hike. We had two older dogs with us and did not make it all the way down (they were exhausted). The entire trail is at an incline. There were tons of leaves and pine needles that made it tricky coming down. The hike back up is no joke. The area is beautiful, don't get me wrong. Just not a hike for someone who doesn't hike regularly.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This trail is very steep, so be warned ahead of time. That being said, the stamp mill is cool to visit, and the river at the bottom is beautiful. We'll definitely be backpacking through here again!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My 6 friends and I had a great idea to hike the 10 mile Hunter trail up to hellhole reservoir. From there we are going to trek to upper hellhole which is an extra 4 miles. I had a deadline at work so I had to miss the first day of hiking so one friends and I drove straight to the reservoir. My 5 friends who were on the hunter trail tried to make it, but after 2 miles the trail disappeared. There was a big fire in 2014 and it destroyed the trail. Burnt trees, fallen trees everywhere and new brush over growing the whole area. No shade, there is a river for some of it until you have to go over a mountain for the last 2 miles. My friend and I went to upper hellhole the next day thinking they might be there. They were not. We finally got a beep on our radio from them and they just arrived at the reservoir at 6 the next day. My friend and I hiked through the night back to the reservoir. Surprised the 5 boys and restored some moral. The trail to upper hell hole is okay. Definitely do able, very rocky and unsteady, but worth it. Just don't do the Hunters trail! Unless you want to make it for future hikers that would be great.

Summary, after the pools in the rubicon there is no hunters trail to hellhole.

Monday, August 15, 2016

This trail hasn't been maintained since the 2014 King Fire. The first 2 miles are decently maintained and then it gradually gets turned into nothingness. We spent 2 full days attempting to navigate and GPS locate the trail to no avail. Ended up bush wacking through endless backcountry and up 1.5 miles over a hill with zero trail or signage. Absolutely do not recommend.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sad to hear the trail is in need of repair. This camp and trail was originally set up as a dry horse camp.....I used it allot 10+ years ago with my kids and horses. And we maintained as needed...The trail would be difficult on foot.... Straight down and straight back up, switch back style. You could go down and catch brook trout all day from the river.....The cabin is still there.. It was saved from the American fire of 2015......Will have to go check it out....Regardless, it is and will always be a beautiful area.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

I hiked all the way to Mumford cabin. The overgrowth and amount of dead trees made it pretty difficult to walk on the path. We had a couple of injuries with my group because of the lack of maintenance.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Tiring hike both up and down. There are some great views, didn't make it to the cabin because the lack of a machete, but overall good weekend challenge.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Used hiking poles on this trail to help the knees. It is steep in spots but liked the flatter spots here and there to break it up. We stashed water on the way down but it turned out to be a cool day so didn't really need it. Enjoyed seeing the tunnel and the fallen stamp mill. Be sure to go down to the river below the stamp mill. There is a piece of the mill that has fallen and has some neat writing on it. Saw all the trash on the way down and luckily there were 2 somewhat useable trash bags there. So we hauled out all of the trash except the sleeping bag and a little more orange pad a little further down. I would go back again. I think there is more to explore!

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