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It seems like this might be mostly a bike trail - I only saw one other biker to about 10 bikers. It was a beautiful rainy day hike!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I've been riding this trail since 1962

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
2 months ago

Even though it is dry in late September the waterfall was still active. There are some nice water holes to cool off in too. Good short hike, with a rough drive in. Drive out was easier since we were going uphill. Coming back in the spring!

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!

Dogs are allowed, and the drive down is great just have a good SUV. Also, very remote with no cell coverage.

walking
3 months ago

beautiful area. it's too long of a drive for such a short hike but worth it if you visit the other spots in the area or you're camping near by or out enjoying a Sunday drive and want to take a meandering walk through this old Grove. great place to take someone who can only walk a little distance and wants to enjoy the Grove without the millions of people in Yosemite, although it too is gorgeous and a must see.

hiking
4 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.

Did about 10 miles of this trail this past weekend. Nice trail, lots of shade. Got a good workout from the long descent (about 2.5 miles) which bottoms out at the river (bridge) then did another 2.5 miles ascending away from the river before we turned back as it started getting warm.

Only downside was the mosquitoes which were out in full force especially in the shade. We used a lot of deet and picaridin, but it wasn’t enough to keep them away. Would advise anyone to cover well and maybe use those weird hats with veil/netting I see some hikers wear if you don’t want mosquitoes constantly in your face and eyes and biting.

Overall nice trail, would do it again.

The final 2.5 mile drive to the base of this canyon- and where the trailhead begins- is difficult to drive. There is not any true designated parking area, so most vehicles just park along the side of this dirt road. There is a sign next to the bridge & bathrooms directing you toward Codfish Falls Trail, which we set out on and hiked for about 45 minutes before we came to a very dry creek bed and a bunch of homemade stick signs pointing us to go back

Still one of my favorites!! Tried some new trails this year and finally got back to this one for the first time this season! It's perfect for all fitness levels. I usually run it and feel safe doing so. The bikers are courteous and usually make their presence known! It is pretty much all brown now, but still lovely. Half sun and half shade. Some poison oak, but the trail is clean, clear and well marked!

hiking
5 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.

The trail was nice and easy. It’s a beautiful area and the trees are just amazing. I marked it down in stars because the picnic area/trailhead and the trail markers were not well maintained. The bathrooms were locked and we didn’t see any picnic tables as indicated on the Tahoe NF website. There were no maps or brochures at the little hut. There was only one marked trail and that was for the Forest View Trail which is a 1.5 mile hike that joins up with the Big Trees Loop. Upon our return, we saw a post that the loop trail sign should have been on but wasn’t. It was very weird that before we left, someone spelled out “loop” in duct tape on the post so others could find the trailhead (see picture). To find the trailhead, when coming from the parking lot to he kiosk, the Forest View Trail is to the left of the kiosk and the Loop is to the right. The trails were clean and clear but some of the trail markers were falling over. The Forest View Trail was nice and went through a burn area which really was fascinating to see what had burned and what didn’t.

Never found it

hiking
5 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.

Nice trail. Watch out for bikers.

Tough trail in parts with steeper climbs and downed trees, but worth it for beautiful views of the American River.

Beautiful shaded trail, creek and waterfalls are a nice treat. Currently closed.

Trail itself I’d consider moderate. I’d highly recommend if you want to hike, to NOT take this trail in the park. 99% of people on this trail are mountain bikers that will mow you down. So irritating every five minutes having to jump in bushes to accommodate them and even more difficult if you have a dog. If you’re a mountain biker, great trail for you. Just be considerate that people hike this and you can seriously injure them if you don’t call out your presence before hand.

Went on an overnight out and back backpacking trip, camping about 7 miles in, near a creek crossing on Deadwood Ridge. The trail was definitely challenging but had no other redeeming qualities, other than a nice creek to rest at early on the trail. The trail is well shaded, but because of that there are few opportunities for good views. The trail was well graded and appreciated at first, but I found it to be monotonous after crossing El Dorado Creek, relentlessly marching up the side of the mountain. In addition, the trail going up towards the ridge was very narrow. There were few places to take a break. On the ridge, there were few good places to camp. I would not recommend the place I camped (creek crossing along ridge), I was running out of daylight. If I had more time I would have backed up a half mile and camped at the water pump. If you want to camp closer to the trailhead, there is at least one good spot (probably more) along El Dorado Creek.

I did not encounter any bears on my trip. That was a good thing because I forgot to put all my food in the bear canister. The food was not touched.

Some folks have mentioned parking issues but I had no problems parking at the end of the pavement, about 0.2 mile before the trailhead.

This trail is best for trail runners. Lots of elevation change and consistent grades. If I was trail running I would rate it 4 stars. I would not recommend for backpacking except as an early season shake-out.

This listing is pretty mislabeled. This is a part of the Western States Trail and this portion should be labeled Michigan Bluff to Last Chance. Since you are going in and out of 2 canyons I would also label as Hard. Especially if you're backpacking and have a pretty heavy pack.
Here are some things we learned: There is no parking next to the trail head. We parked next to the old cemetery and the Michigan Bluff monument. We left our car for 3 days and it seemed fine. We talked to some locals when we got back to our car. They thought we were just going out and let us know about several locals recently losing dogs to mountain lions.
BRING BEAR SPRAY. It is also a good idea to have a bear bell and make plenty of noise on the trial. We saw a lot of trail runners out so the trail is well traveled. You will also do a lot of stream crossing depending on how much it has rained recently and how much snow is still melting.
Trail breakdown: 2.5 miles in is entirely downhill and takes you to the first bridge and river. Almost 6 miles from the trail head and just before Deadwood Cemetery you will find a decent place to camp. For an even better place to camp and a little more walking, head on to an established spot between Deadwood and Devil's Thumb. There is a great area with a picnic bench and water pump with potable water (if we had gotten an earlier start on day one we would have camped here). Ditch your pack at the water pump to lighten your load and make your way to Devil's Thumb. A closer look shows that it is not one big rock but many rocks. Head down the canyon from Devil's Thumb to get to the swinging bridge. Lots of switchbacks but the pay off is worth it.
What we did:
Day one: hiked in and camped right before Deadwood.
Day two: packed up and ditched packs at Deadwood. Made way to water pump and filled up. Hiked all the way down to the swinging bridge and had lunch. Made our way out of the canyon back to our belongings. We then hiked down to Eldorado Canyon (aka 2.5 miles from trail head) and made our camp near river in an established spot.
Day three: hiked out.
Things I wish I had known:
-how steep the trail was
-the amount of mountain lion and bear activity in the area
-how bad the ticks are
-the different points of entry for the trail and the relative location of established camping spots
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I know this review is long, but I'm hoping it helps someone who is looking at this trail.

8 months ago

graffiti covered rocks everywhere ruined the whole experience

Attempted this hike this past weekend. Access is closed right now. :(

You CANNOT go in through the Auburn side. The road is blocked 2.7 miles from trailhead and it says NO public. We made the mistake of trying. 02-10-18

made the long drive today to try and reach the trailhead for American Eagle Trail that Junctions at the end of the Euchre bar Trail. upon arriving to Pioneer Mine Road which leads to the trailhead we found that the gate was locked it is unclear as to whether it was the property owners at the very end of pioneer Mine Road or if it was the forest service I contacted the Foresthill ranger station and was not able to get a clear answer as to whether this is a public or a private road online research didn't yield any results either. Basically this Trail is inaccessible at least based on our experience today although pictures online from Google Maps show that at some point the door is open and another reviewer on trails.com stated he was able to access the site perhaps it may be accessible later on in the year we did cross the barrier and Hike about a mile-and-a-half on the main road on Pioneer Mine Road But realize that from where we left off it was still another five point five miles to the trailhead and it would inevitably cross s with the property that appears on Google Maps would not suggest this Trail for the time being completely inaccessible

hiking
11 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.

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