Poker Flat

Total Miles
28.2

Elevation

2,028.62 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer

Trail Overview

A challenging drive that passes through two historic gold mining towns: Poker Flat and Howland Flat. The trail can be used as a shortcut between Downieville and La Porte. Trip to Saddleback Mountain Lookout Tower has rewarding views. Green-sticker vehicles can stage on the La Porte side at the large warming hut. We enjoyed our stop in rustic Downieville.

Photos of Poker Flat

Poker Flat
Poker Flat
Poker Flat

Difficulty

Moderate: Mostly a wide, easy, dirt road. One narrow, steep, rocky climb with banks on each side between Waypoints 06 and 07. Stock SUVs should have high ground clearance and skid plates.

History

In 1850, Poker Flat produced $700,000 in gold every month. Nearly 2,000 people occupied the town at its peak. The town developed its notoriety largely from a fictional tale by Bret Harte entitled 'Outcasts of Poker Flat.' Howland Flat produced an estimated $14 million in gold over its lifetime.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Irvin Gomez
Nov 12, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Eric Sibley
Nov 04, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Downed Tree
Alissa Mccarty
Nov 01, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Downed Tree
William Crooks
Oct 14, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

From Downieville, head west 0.3 miles and turn right on a graded dirt road marked to Poker Flat.

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