Poker Flat

Poker Flat and Howland flat are two really fun ghost towns you'll pass along this route.

Total Miles
28.2

Elevation

2028.62 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer

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Trail Overview

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

Access Description

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