Marshall monument

Highway 49 in Coloma from the Marshall monument

It’s a steep climb up to (and then back down from) the James Marshall monument in Coloma, although there are a few different routes to choose from. If you’d rather not trek the full 3-mile dirt loop from Highway 49 to the top of the hill and back, you can take a car up the paved switchbacks of Marshall Park Way, or drive the slightly longer, straighter Monument Road that forks off Cold Springs Road. However you get there, the view is pretty amazing.

James Marshall points toward the spot where he found gold in the American River

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