Sunday, April 11, 2010

Forest Hill Divide Loop Trail Overlook

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Forest Hill Divide Loop Trail Overlook is a nice hike sutable for out of town guests that are not trekkers. Some steep grades to get you breathing but not too challenging for people who walk regularly. The hike from Foresthill Road out to the Overlook and back is less than an hour.

The Overlook is a nice picnic spot with a grand view. Today there were wild flowers everywhere.

The following is from the American River Canyon Hikes guide by Ferris, Lynch and Toner (outstanding book) pages 16-17 (PDF).

At 1 mile, a side trail to the right leads to an overlook with a magnificent panoramic view of the Middle Fork American River from Poverty Bar to the east, to Brown's Bar to the west. This side trail adds 0.8 miles and 200 ft. of elevation change. meanders in and out of shaded foothill woodlands ecosystem and sunny chaparral dominated by manzanita, buck bush and chemise.
The trail is on the right heading toward Foresthill. Google maps has a picture of the "road" off Foresthill Rd. but this unpaved road with gate is not recorded on the map.
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Found this solar panel installed by the USGS that I assume is part of their seismic monitoring system.

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