Fools rush in…

With repairs of the bluffs above the bike trail actively ongoing with big construction equipment, you might think people would understand the area isn’t open for recreation. I’ll admit that I was among those who walked past the big concrete barriers several times during the summer — but that was before the serious work began. With the addition of the […]

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A blast from the past

A few days ago in a post, I mentioned that I wondered if the Orangevale Palisades had ever been the site of hydraulic gold mining. I’m now a bit embarassed to admit I must have at one time known the answer to that question and completely forgot. The information was right under my nose, posted clearly on a sign beside […]

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Dave Moore Nature Area

I found the Dave Moore Nature Area almost by accident, as I was researching hiking trails in the area of Coloma. This quiet spot is just a short way up Highway 49 from the Marshall Gold Discovery SHP, and there’s no fee for parking or day use. This is a fun trail loop, not very demanding, that takes you down […]

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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 […]

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Marshall’s cabin

James Marshall really was one unlucky guy. All he wanted to do was work hard at his trade as a carpenter and millwright; but after he accidentally uncovered a small piece of gold in the American River his life was turned upside down. He no longer had the chance to work, and he never managed to profit from the historic […]

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