Nevada Point

(Rubicon River)

Hike # 31

Directions to trailhead: From Auburn, take Hwy 49 south to Cool. Turn left at stoplight onto Hwy 193. At 12.3 miles, turn left at stop sign (Main St./Wentworth Springs) in Georgetown. At 8.3 miles turn left onto Volcanoville Rd. Drive 1.8 miles, turn right onto Rubicon Rd. (not Otter Ck Rd.). Drive 2.3 miles to a spur road on the right (signed “Nevada Point, 13E071”, and “Buckeye Flat” There is a small parking area at the end of the spur road (this is the trailhead).

Trailhead UTM: 10 S 06 99 898 43 16 384

Topographic Map: Tunnel Hill 7.5’

Elevation: 3100’ to 1558’ (2007’ total elevation gain)

Distance: 5.2 miles round trip to the river

Difficulty: Strenuous

Jurisdiction: El Dorado National Forest

Trail description: Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Rubicon River Canyon, and delightful Pilot Creek as you cross it on a beautiful footbridge. The trail continues up the other side of the canyon to Nevada Point. When the river level is low, you can wade across to this extension of the trail and walk to Nevada Point, about 4 miles round trip from the river. This portion of the trail is little used, and can become confusing and faint near the top of the ridge. Use caution to avoid becoming lost.

Campsites: Several sites are found near the river.

Click HERE to view the Georgetown Hiking Trails version of this hike.

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