In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold along the South Fork of the American River. Since then, the Golden Highway – the Highway 49 Corridor has attracted travelers for its historical aspect and as a recreation destination. More recently, nearby communities within the Georgetown Divide have enticed travelers to relocate permanently to these areas where they recreate.
A few days ago, we celebrated the 54th Running of the Tevis Cup 100 Miles in One Day Ride. Before that, it was the Western States 100 Mile Run. During the winter, it’s Way Too Cool, the most popular 50K Trail Run in the U. S. It’s often the lure of competing in these internationally recognized events that motivates someone to relocate. The attraction is understandable, to live among other trail enthusiasts, especially when ranches and trails have been shut down elsewhere.
In 1995, the El Dorado Equestrian Trails Foundation, the Dru Barner Foundation, and the U. S. Forest Service entered into a cost sharing agreement to develop Dru Barner Campground, to accommodate equestrian camping. Located 7 ½ miles east of Georgetown at approximately 3200 elevation, it now offers 47 campsites. EDETF still focuses on developing and maintaining our varied local trail system. Some of these trails extend over private land, or land owned by the Forest Service, Auburn State Recreation Area, and Bureau of Land Management.
Similarly, the Auburn State Recreation Area Canyon Keepers, augment the efforts of professional Park Rangers, by offering educational hikes and other events to preserve our trails, keep them safe, and keep them open.
For 57 years, Jeepers Jamboree has offered 4 wheel drive off road adventures; 17 grueling miles, creeping through the Rubicon, starting roughly 45 miles east of Georgetown, by Loon Lake. Year after year, jeeps caravan to the extra wide Main Street, before the start.
Seventeen miles east of Georgetown, Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, also called Lake Edison, offers camping, swimming and boating – with a 5 mph speed limit. At 4400 elevation, its crisp, clear air offers the perfect respite from the summer heat. For those looking for more action, Folsom Lake boat ramp off Rattlesnake Bar Road in Pilot Hill just might be the ticket.
As if that’s not enough, there’s mountain biking, road cycling, river rafting, kayaking, hunting and fishing, all with a strong following. Several rafting companies host ½ day and full day trips on the American River. River kayaking has also becoming more popular. Mountain biking clubs, like FATRC – Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition, organize trail clearing events and riding events for all riding abilities. The Cool Mountain Bike Race is huge. And avid road cyclists have discovered that the elevation and terrain within the Georgetown Divide benefit their conditioning regimes.
A variety of clubs and commercial services exist to support your passion for the outdoors. So, get off the couch and join us on the Georgetown Divide!