Tahoe National Forest
Mileage: 7 1/2 miles one-way
Elevation: 4180 to 2000 feet
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Use Level: Light
Topographic Map: Dutch Flat 7.5', Westville 7.5'
North Side: From Interstate 80 take the Alta turnoff, turn right on Morton, then left on Casa Loma. Take Casa Loma until you see the Rawhide Mine sign and turn right. Follow the road three-quarters mile past the second railroad crossing to a parking area The trailhead is one-tenth mile down the road.
South Side: From Interstate 80 take the Foresthill exit to the town of Foresthill. Go ten and one quarter miles beyond the town on the Foresthill Road to Elliot Ranch Road and turn left. The trailhead will be seen on the right after two and one-half miles.
Trail Description: This is another trail along the American River with two methods of access. The portion along the river is two and four-tenths miles, with opportunities for fishing, camping, swimming, and gold panning.
The trail which leads to the downstream (west) end begins at Iron Point, near Casa Loma, and winds steeply down to the suspension footbridge at Euchre Bar. The upstream (east) end is reached by a trail which follows the old Dorer Ranch Road. It passes old mining ruins and abandoned equipment from the gold rush era. Since it passes through private property, care should be taken to stay on the trail.
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Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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