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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