About 11,700 years ago the Pleistocene Epoch ended. The ice trapped inland finally melted. It flooded over the wide land bridge that likely brought Asians into North America. Archeologists now believe that a colony of ancient Native Americans settled at Deer Creek Hills sometime between 18,000 and 12,000 years ago!
The ancestors of the Nisenan and Miwok returned about 6,000 years ago. But the Gold Rush migration and westward settlement brought their rapid decline and decimated their ancient culture. Today, only archeologically significant sites remain. We will hike over their lands, which have remain closed to the public, and discuss what we know about them.
Following the hike, you will have a unique chance to personally examine stone tools found by archeologists nearby that date to the last ice age as well as to the more recent Indian occupation.
This outing will include approximately 5 to 6 miles of hiking with a small elevation increase. Gates open at 8:45, carpool to the trailhead by 9:00, back by 1:30.