Placer Creek Trail (Forest Road 356A)
ElevationAscent: 14' 4 m
Descent: -385' -117 m
High: 9,776' 2,980 m
Low: 9,405' 2,867 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
“An old mining road descending a deep cut, scenic canyon.”— J. Bella
Need to Know
The energy buzzes with history as you pass some old Forest Service signs and equipment left from the late 1800s when the area was a booming mining district. Run along the rolling hills above a vast, green meadow to where the trail enters the forest, through some privately held old mines and a mill worth a glance, then a steepening descent towards Placer Creek where remnants of the mining operations are slowly being taken back by nature.
If you're into geology, this is a fascinating area to see as ancient volcanic outcrops line the canyon, interspersed among meadows and slopes covered with aspen and mixed conifer forest. After about a mile, you'll reach the valley floor, cross the stream, and cruise through some open meadows and wetlands to a junction with Forest Road 91B1.
Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest