a d v e r t i s e m e n t s

Destinations | Mountains | Journey | Sample Trips | Road-to-Nowhere

gold.country

Auburn Downtown

Historic Highway 49

Ahwanhee
Alleghany
Amador City
Angels Camp
Arnold
Auburn
Avery


View Larger Map
Clovis
Coloma
Columbia
Coulterville
Coarsegold
Downieville
Grass Valley
Georgetown
Jackson
Jamestown
Mariposa
Midpines
Murphys


Sierra Villages
Nevada City
Oakhurst
Placerville
Plymouth
Sierra City
Sonora
Soulsbyville
Sugarpine
Sutter Creek
Twain Harte
Volcano

Gold Country California has it all except the coastal beaches. Plenty of rivers & waterfalls will satisfy your need for water. Dense forest, recreational activities, gold mining history. Small towns with bed & breakfast, antique shops, restaurants, wineries, give everyone something interesting to visit. Great backroad camping & tons of lodging make this region of the golden state a popular destination point.

gold country lakes

  • Bass Lake
  • Cherry Lake
  • Comanche Reservoir
  • Don Pedro Lake
  • Gold Lake
  • Hetch Hetchy Lake
  • Lake Amador
  • Lake McClure
  • Lake McSwain
  • Lake Tulloch
  • New Bullards Bar Reservoir
  • New Hogan Lake
  • New Melones Lake
  • Pardee Reservoir
  • Rollins Reservoir
  • Sierra highways

  • California State Route 49 - Gold Country
  • Hwy 120 - Tioga Pass, Yosemite NP
  • Hwy 4 - Ebbetts Pass
  • Hwy 108 - Carson Pass
  • Hwy 88 - Sonora Pass
  • Hwy 50 - US Route 50 South Tahoe
  • I-80 - Donner Pass, Interstate
  • California 20, Nevada City

    rivers, forest and parks

  •  recreation best area Gold Country Reservoirs
    mountain biking / horseback Eldorado National Forest
    boating / fishing Stanislaus National Forest
    snowmobiling / snow skiing New Melones Reservoir
    backpacking / hiking Sierra Wilderness Areas
    river rafting / kayaking American River
    wine tasting Gold Country Vineyards
    riverside picnics Consumnes River

    HIking to Cool California

    Great mellow hikes along American River near Auburn. Mountain bike & hiking trails are everywhere. Stop in to the local ranger station along Hwy. 49 just south of Auburn & ask for maps (or buy them here).

    area activities include:

    Rafting on the many Rivers in the western Sierra is a popular sport. Guided tours offer mellow floating to extreme adreninaline rushes.Rafting River Kayaking

    American River Running

    Gold Country Road Trip - Itinerary Ideas:

    Scenic and historic highway 49 is Gold Rush Country in the western Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Starting in Sacramento area & then head northeast on Interstate 80 to Auburn. Highway 49 will intersect the interstate in Auburn & this is a great town to start your northbound or southbound journey. On the interstate you will see suburban sprawl and heavy traffic all the way up the hill.

    Hwy 49 North eventually leads to more rugged and rural areas like Downieville & Gold Lake (a must see). Hwy 49 South from Auburn, CA will wind you thru American River & Stanislaus River Canyons. Small Gold Rush towns crowd the busy 2 lane thoroughfare. Lots of residential and ranch areas. Yosemite National Park is loacted at the far southern end of this historic region.
    Southern Stretch

    HWY 49

    The Golden Chain Highway
    Northern Stretch
    expect to see:

    oak canyons
    river rafters
    reservoirs
    horses & ranches
    tourist shops

    Historical California
    expect to see:

    rivers & creeks
    fishing & hiking
    mountain biking
    lakes & camping
    pine forest

    towns along way:

    Georgetown
    Placerville
    Plymouth
    Amador City
    Sutter Creek
    Jackson
    Angels Camp
    Columbia
    Sonora
    Jamestown
    Groveland
    Mariposa
    Oakhurst

    Auburn is the unofficial
    Center of Gold Country

    Plenty of dirt backroads to explore as well. Stock SUVs will have no problems discovering a perfect spot to picnic, camp or just killing a day trying to find the best swimming hole. Spend a whole day getting lost on purpose! Rivers, streams, waterfalls, pine forest, wildflower meadows, granite mountains, scenic views... it all awaits you in Gold Country California.

    gold country California
    El Dorado National Forest & Stanislaus National Forest
    are closeby making the small towns very close to nature.
    towns along way:

    Grass Valley
    Nevada City
    Alleghany
    Downieville
    Sierra City
    Gold Lake
    Sierraville

    www.flickr.com


    Search : Rayovac Sportsman LED Lantern SE3DLN
    Rayovac Sportsman LED Lantern SE3DLN

    Amazon.com's Price: $26.49
    Search : Supernova 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Lantern - The Best LED Lantern for Camping, Hiking or Any Type of Emergency - Battery Powered and Long Lasting Lanterns LED
    Supernova 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Lantern - The Best LED Lantern for Camping, Hiking or Any Type of Emergency - Battery Powered and Long Lasting Lanterns LED

    Amazon.com's Price: $35.00
    Search : Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lantern
    Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lantern

    Amazon.com's Price: $16.74
    Search : Streamlight 44931 The Siege Compact Alkaline LED Hand Lantern
    Streamlight 44931 The Siege Compact Alkaline LED Hand Lantern

    Search : WeatherRite 5572 15 LED Number-5572 Outdoor Traditional Look Lantern with efficient LED lighting
    WeatherRite 5572 15 LED Number-5572 Outdoor Traditional Look Lantern with efficient LED lighting

    Amazon.com's Price: $13.20



    California Weekends
    Copyright © 1996-2014 Total Escape, www.totalescape.com / All Rights Reserved.

    home | lodge | recreation | destinations | journey | trips | advertise | site map | outside | maps | gear








    Small Camp Stove

    fly fishing gear





    travel deals

    kelty gear direct

    Garmin Skyscraper