Bake Oven Site

(North Fork of the Middle Fork American River {N.Fk.M.Fk.Am.R.})

Hike # 21

Directions to Trailhead: Follow I80 to Auburn and take the Foresthill Rd. exit. Drive 17 miles to the Mosquito Ridge Rd. junction (on the right). Set trip meter to 0.0 and continue straight on Foresthill Rd. At 4.0 miles turn right onto signed road to Michigan Bluff. Park near signed trailhead at end of the paved road, obeying posted parking restrictions. Continue on foot along (marked) Western States Trail.

Trailhead UTM: 10 S 06 96 398 43 23 993

Topographic Map: Michigan Bluff 7.5’

Elevation: 3520’ to 1638’ (4639’ total elevation gain)

Distance: 10.6 miles round trip.

Difficulty: Very strenuous

Jurisdiction: Tahoe National Forest

Trail description: This challenging trail first drops into Poor Man’s Canyon, then leads to a footbridge across beautiful Eldorado Creek. After crossing this creek, bear right (south) and up, following the sign to Bake Oven. You will climb around the end of Deadwood

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