6028 Grizzly Flat Rd
Somerset, CA 95684
7915 Fair Play Rd
Fair Play, CA 95684
6032 Grizzly Flat Rd
Somerset, CA 95684
8031 Mt. Aukum Road
Mt. Aukum, CA 95656
Located just 13 miles east of Placerville off Hwy 50 at Pollock Pines, the area features forests, and nine miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails surrounding picturesque Jenkinson Lake. Swimming and boating are popular activities, with two boat ramps and many beaches available to swimmers. Sly Park offers both day use and overnight camping with 191 campsites.
4771 Sly Park Road
CLIMBING IN Cosumnes River Gorge
This area is great for all ranges of climbers from first-timers to the very experienced. The parking side of the gorge has the majority of the routes and are about 40ft or less. The far side of the gorge has several dirty, but still fun multi-pitch routes. If its gonna be warm when you visit, then bring your swimming suit (or not if you dare), as there's a plethora of swimming holes all the way down the gorge. It's definitely worth taking the time to explore the interesting features that have formed in this canyon, including water falls and underwater caves. The water can be very dangerous when it's flowing fast (people have died here before), so be careful.
The Mother Lode, which spurred the Gold Rush, runs through El Dorado County, so it should come as no surprise that gold panning is a popular activity here. It’s a great activity for all ages and is a fun and unique way to spend time on a beautiful stretch of river. Lucky panners enjoy mining on most of the forks and creeks flowing into both the American and Cosumnes Rivers.
Placerville is a charming California “gold rush” town named after the placer gold deposits found in its’ river beds and hills in the late 1840s. It’s treasured heritage is reflected in the historical, nineteenth-century architecture of its downtown core. An important historic landmark that still remains on Main Street is the Bell Tower, standing as a monument to the city’s volunteer firemen. Today, the Bell Tower serves as a gathering place for parades, celebrations, and other Historic Main Street events. In addition, Placerville is the County seat and the center of financial, commercial, civic, and Government activity.
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It was here on January 24, 1848, that James Marshall first discovered gold, an event occurred in Coloma that would radically impact the history of California and the Nation. The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is open year-round and features a replica of the original sawmill where gold was first found, a museum, guided walking tours, gold panning, and blacksmith. Situated along the South Fork of the American River, Coloma is known for its outdoor adventure. Visitors and residents enjoy year-round hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, wine tasting, whitewater rafting, and kayaking.