Peachstone Gulch Trail

This is a great time of year to go hiking and the wildflowers will be spectacular this year! Here’s a great hike, from GetOffYourGass:


Peachstone Gulch Trail

(Western States Trail)                                                                          MAP

20 miles from Auburn Courthouse. Easy-steep 15 miles, one way.

If you enjoy hiking where you aren’t likely to see anyone except during the Western States run this is the place for you! This is one of the most remote sections of the entire trail and because it is more difficult to access, seldom used. With 15 miles of trail between Foresthill and Ford’s Bar you get great views of the Middle Fork Canyon with some easy walking stretches high above the river, but it does drop 2000 feet overall. Southern exposure means hot and dry in the summer but it also crosses some creeks that run wet all year. The trail can be reached as an extension of Driver’s Flat, from Foresthill, or from Todd Valley estates. You could also camp at Ford’s Bar and stay for days or, until State Park rangers notice you.

Directions: Go 20 miles from Auburn to Foresthill. The trail is accessed from California street or from Mosquito Ridge Road right out of town. Otherwise you can get on it closer to Ford’s Bar from Todd Valley estates using Nugget to Alton Road. Or my favorite, go to the end of Oakwood, park and take the trail south that winds around the ridge to drop in 8 miles from Foresthill.

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Wine Adventures await in El Dorado County

Passport 2017

The El Dorado Winery Association invites wine adventurers to a wine tasting sojourn through the Sierra foothills featuring great wine, music and food at the annual Passport Wine Event on April 22 and 23 and April 29 and 30 with a special wine-maker dinner on April 21 and 28.

Guests will enjoy touring through the spectacular foothills and visiting the participating El Dorado Wine Association members’ tasting rooms and vineyards.

“Each year sets a new tone and theme at Passport. This year we are offering Adventures in Wine,” said Carey Skinner, owner of Skinner Vineyards and president of the El Dorado Winery Association. “We love opening our doors and setting the stage for the new theme each year.”

Tickets are on sale at passporteldorado.com

With more than 150 years of history steeped in gold and agriculture, the El Dorado region is poised for its new found resurgence in viticulture. Unique vineyard soils and a high elevation create a superior environment for a vast array of varietals. The region is gaining recognition for its ability to grow quality grapes that exhibit a sense of place.

For more information about El Dorado and its wines, visit eldoradowines.org

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