Directions: From Sacramento take Hwy 99 south to Liberty Rd (east), go approx 6-7 miles and Liberty will cross over Hwy 88 & the rd becomes Camanche Parkway, continue on for approx 5 miles and then turn rt onto Camanche Rd/Jackson Valley Camanche Rd. This will take you to the park entrance. Pay and follow signs to the staging area - day use and China Gulch signs.
From the Cool/Divide area you have an option of taking Lotus south – depending on size of rig you will need to Google map and decide which way is best for you. A smaller rig can continue through Shingle springs to Latrobe (south), left on Hwy 16, rt on Hwy 124 through Ione to Ione Buena Vista Rd, rt on Jackson Valley Rd, then left onto Camanche Rd to the park entrance. For alarger rig I would take Lotus to left on Green Valley to rt on Green Stone and cut under Hwy 50, and then left on Mother Lode where you will run into Hwy 49 – go south. Keep on Hwy 49 until Ridge Rd (just south of Sutter Creek), rt on Hwy 88, left on Ione Buena Vista, rt on Jackson Valley Rd, then left on Camanche Rd, continue to park entrance.
Amenities: picnic table and BBQ (BBQ not in the greatest shape)
Staging area: Good size staging area, some gravel, mostly grass
Dogs: no dogs allowed on the trail
Trails: Need to go through the closed gate a short distance from the staging area and be sure and sign in and carry your trail permit with you at all timers. The trails are fairly easy – rolling hills, nothing technical, fire break road, no bikes, no dogs, just cows. Could be hot in the summer - not much shade on the trails. The main trail is wide enough for 2 horses to easily ride side by side. Trails are very rocky in many sections. The main trail is out and back, about 5-6 miles each way.
Water: there is water near the picnic area with a water trough and as of March 2105 no hose
Restroom facilities: 2 port- a - potties
Other info: beautiful views of the lake
Fees: $3.00 permit fee (per day), $10 per year - permit holders are allowed to take members of their immediate family plus 3 additional guests
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Friendly reminder, be smart, do not leave any valuables in your vehicle or trailer.