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Mosquito Ridge Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This 1 mile trail winds its way down to the Middle Fork of the American River.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Large logs down across trail that must be climbed over/under.
Permit Info: Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. 
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Use level: Light 

Information Center: For more information, follow this link to a brochure on trails.

General Information

Directions:

Trailhead Access: From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 1.2 miles and turn right onto Mosquito Ridge Road. Travel approximately 12.4 miles to the trail sign on the right. Park on the left side of the road in the turn out and then cross the road to begin the trail. 


General Notes:

Trail description: This trail is very steep in places with many switchbacks, as it winds its way down to the Middle Fork of the American River. About halfway down across the canyon, there is a pretty cascade of water coming down the canyon wall. The river has good fishing at times, and there are adequate campsites on the large gravel bars along the river. Campfire permits are required for campfires, backpacking stoves, BBQs and lanterns. Because this is a southerly exposure, the trail can be hot during a warm day, and is a pleasant hike during the spring and fall. Poison Oak is present, especially at the beginning of the trail.


ELEVATION: 2240 to 1520 feet

DIFFICULTY: Difficult

TOPOGRAPHIC MAP: Michigan Bluff

For More Information:

American River Ranger District

Foresthill Ranger Station

22830 Foresthill Road

Foresthill, CA 95631

(530) 367-2224

(530) 367-2226  TDD  

 

NOTE: Water is often not available along the route.  Only water from developed systems at recreation sites is maintained safe to drink.  Open water sources are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.  Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams should be properly treated before drinking.  You may wish to carry water with you.  Another method of treatment is to use a backpacker’s water filter.  However, the best way is to bring to water to a full boil for 5 minutes. 


Activities


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