Step back into time and join us for the Deer Creek Gold Rush. Lead docent David Scharlach will guide us on a hike 3-miles long and a century and a half back in time as he retells the story of the search for gold at Deer Creek.
In 1849, it is said that a gold nugget the size of your fist was found nearby on the Cosumnes River at Cooks Bar. By 1850, the town that sprang up there boasted a large hotel, stores, saloons and 500 inhabitants. Miners flooded into Deer Creek Hills to scour the gulches as the “easy pick’ens” from the river were soon exhausted. By 1860 Cooks Bar was a ghost town. Nonetheless, miners continued to work the hills right up to the early 1940s. All told, this little mining district produced at least 1,700,000 ounces of gold!
Put your boots on the same ground and come chase some color with us. Chances are you’ll be greatly rewarded! Hike out 9am back by noon.
The road to access Deer Creek Hills is not paved. 4WD, higher clearance vehicles are recommended, but not required.
All events are subject to weather conditions. If there is rain projected, event will likely be canceled. Registered guests will be notified by Thursday evenings and the event will be labeled as canceled on the website.
Smoking is prohibited on the preserve.
No dogs allowed, except working service dogs.
Please practice Leave No Trace Ethics; Pack It In - Pack It Out.
Please register for this outing below. SVC cannot guarantee the gates will be open, unless a reservation to attend is made in advance (minimum one week).
Additional questions please contact SVC staff at (916) 612-3719.