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Beacroft Trail

Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation: 5,520 Feet (1720.7 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 3,240 Feet (1010.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 2,280 Feet (710.7 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.25 Miles (3.75 Kilometers)
USGS Map: Duncan Peak

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General Description

Beacroft Trail is a very difficult 2.25 mile, lightly used trail at an elevation of 5,520 feet. This is a very steep and difficult trail which involves numerous switch backs. As you start down, you will cross the Iowa Hill ditch. Further, you will see clusters of ferns beside the small streams. At the bottom it intersects the American River Trail, from which other trails may be reached.

Directions from I-80: Take the Foresthill exit and travel 15.5 miles on Foresthill Road to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 19.9 miles from the Ranger Station to the trail sign and make a left to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May-June through October-November (NOTE: Open season depends on snow.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Snowed in. Updated: 2005-02-08 12:15:00.0

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Filed By: John "Bobby" Broussard (Elverta, CA)
Time of Day: All of two days!!!!
Length of Time: Two days
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This trail is very steep and not well maintained. We had planned a day hike but ended up overnight after losing the trail in a washout/blowdown. This is definitely not a first timer's trail. My son and I are very experienced woodsmen and we still became disoriented in that maze of canyons once we lost the trail.
Conditions: We encountered fallen trees and other brush covering many parts of the trail. We did not bring GPS and lost the trail completely about half way down. We tried following land contours to the river - not recommended because of severe cliffs and falls. We finally made the river at dusk after almost eleven hours of climbing and hiking. Rather than attempt to climb back out at night we spent the night in a debris hut and went upstream to a better trail.
Water Availability: We found plenty of drinkable water in the streams and in several springs. We did not have filtration equip or backpacks as we had planned to only be hiking for a couple hours. We drank anyhow and suffered no illness from the water. This is remote wilderness; as wild as it gets in California and aparently the water wasn't contaminated. Bring a canteen or bag. We had two platypus bags and filled them several times. I would never recomend drinking untreated water, but in this instance we did and it turned out okay for us.
Recommended Clothing: Wear long pants because there's a lot of poison oak along the river and creeks. I'd recommend light layered clothing and good sturdy hiking shoes. Most of the trail is shaded by trees and mild to warm, but several places were open and sunny. Evenings can be cool. We experienced a thunder shower that pretty much soaked us, but that is unusual weather for that time of year.
Suggested Accessories: Bring a map and GPS with you - even if it means leaving something else behind. A compass is worthless down there as the canyons are so steep meaningful bearings are non existent and general direction is easy to determin without one. If you can't dead-reckon without a compass, maybe this isn't your trail. Bring lots of water. If you get off trail you're in trouble. The terrain is nearly vertical in most places. On a more positive note, the river is beautiful at that location and there were plenty of pools to swim or fish. The abundance and variety of insect and other wildlife was exciting to see. We counted four distinct species of Carpenter Ant on our trip. The trail is a geologist's dream-come-true, and there were several spectacular waterfalls to see from the trail.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Beacroft Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available on this trail.
ICON Mountain Biking Mountain biking is available on this trail.

Related Activities
American River Trail - American River Trail is an easy 7 5/8 miles, lightly used trail at an elevation of 2,640 feet. The trail offers a variety of overlooks as it meanders along the river, passing through old cabins and mining sites.

Mumford Bar Trail - Mumford Bar Trail is a difficult 3.25 mile, lightly used trail at an elevation of 5,360 feet. The trail has a nice view of the canyon, Royal Gorge and Mumford Bar Cabin.

Sailor Flat Trail - Sailor Flat Trail is a very difficult 3.25 mile, lightly used trail at an elevation of 6,400 feet. The trail follow an old mining road, then becomes steeper as you drop down to the North Fork of the American River.

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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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