Park Gulch Trail

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trail:Part single track and part climb of old logging road . Loop.
length:5.5 miles round trip
elevation:Gradual climb from 400 feet up to 1200 feet and back down to 400.

1200 ft. peak at halfway mark. First section is lovely single track trail following a creek and surrounded by wild flowers in the spring.

Hiker Kim writes, "Road 200 runs along the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp (which is a California Department of Corrections Prison camp), one is at risk for some interesting encounters along the Park Gulch Trail and the Chamberlain Creek Trail. I was hiking alone (thankfully with my dog!) when I encountered a fellow scrambling up the embankment in orange CDC pants and a white t-shirt. Thankfully he went on his mission without approaching me [but] I must say I would avoid walking along Road 200 if one is hiking alone."


Take Highway 20 to Mile 17.3 and turn north onto road 200. Within 200 feet you will see a parking area (Start #1 on map ) on the right. To the left, looking north, is the start of the trail that is 1.8 miles to a logging road (#2). Turn right on the logging road (Road 230) and follow this until you come to a fork (#3). Take the right fork (Road 231) until you come to another fork, close to Highway 20 (#4). Turn right and follow this until you return to the parking lot. Total mileage is 5.5 miles.

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Trails Map

Hare Creek Bunker Gulch Brandon Gulch Caspar Creek North Thompson and Manley Gulches Forest History Russian Gulch S. P. Berry Gulch Trestle Trail Indian Springs Chamberlain Creek and Camellia Park Gulch

  1. Hare Creek
  2. Bunker Gulch to Upper Hare Creek
  3. Brandon Gulch to Volcano Point & Riley Ridge
  4. Caspar Creek North Fork
  5. Thompson Gulch and Manley Gulch Trails
  6. Forest History Trail
  7. Berry Gulch
  8. Trestle Trail
  9. Indian Springs
  10. Chamberlain Creek Trail & Camellia Trail
  11. Park Gulch Trail

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Trail description by Nancy McCarthy; trail map courtesy of

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