Three Queens Road
1.4 miles from Foresthill. Moderate 6 miles, round trip. MAP
This little known road used to connect the town of Foresthill to the town of Volcanoville on the other side of the canyon. The road on the other side is known as Josephine Mine Road today. The connection was short-lived however with the construction of a tunnel in the late 1850’s that made the Middle Fork of the American River take a short-cut and thus dry up a lucrative 1 mile of river channel that yielded many, many pounds of gold. That tunnel is known as “Tunnel Chute” to rafters today and is a very exciting start to a classic run on the Middle Fork.
The beginning of Three Queens Road is blocked by private property, but a detour trail on public land gives access to those willing to hike a short steep detour trail from the Mosquito Ridge road.
Directions: As you arrive at Foresthill on Foresthill Road, turn R on Mosquito Ridge Road and go 1.4 miles to a turnout just big enough for a couple of cars. It’s right where the canyon view opens up. The trail is hidden in overgrown manzanita.
The trail goes off the side here and drops steeply for less than a quarter mile to the road. Go L and enjoy the views and steady descent towards the river. Sharp eyes might see the complimentary Josephine Mine Road on the other side of the wide canyon. About halfway down you will come to a fork in the road. The left way goes to the Three Queens Mine (private property) which is still active, so go right and continue down to the river.
Note: Apparently the land at the river is a continuously patented mining claim that today is used by a fly fishing company. I’ve never met anyone down there or seen any signs, but I have heard of some fighting over fishing access along the other side of the river along the El Dorado County side.
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Wilderness Survival Guide:
How To Stay Alive If Lost, Hurt or Stranded
Imagine a fun afternoon hike around Mt. Baker. You’re enjoying the quiet of the forest, the dappled light shining through the trees, and the intoxicating smell of the leaves when thick fog rolls in unexpectedly at 4:00 p.m. In a panic, you follow the wrong trail for hours along a progressively steeper face until you’ve run out of daylight.
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Lost, hurt, stranded – these scenarios and others like them play out over three thousand times per year in the United States. Folks heading outdoors in search of adventure don’t plan on getting lost or hurt in the wilderness. It can happen to the best of us, and when it does, people underestimate the challenges of the wilderness and overestimate their own ability.
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