A pleasant mid-winter afternoon was thus spent in this lovely monument to California’s mining heritage. Sadly, Malakoff Diggins and North Bloomfield – part of the South Yuba River State Park complex – are on California’s shortsighted chopping block.
TODAY’S ROUTE: State Route 49 north from Auburn to Grass Valley/Nevada City; Left at the 20/49 split east of NC; Immediate right on Coyote St for 1.5 miles of elevation gain and rich twisties; Right on North Bloomfield Road; Continue east 17 miles crossing the South Yuba at Edwards – road unpaved beyond bridge; Bear right at Lake City; Descend into state park. Return: Continue east; Quick left onto Derbec Rd; Bear right to Cruson Grade; Bear left onto Tyler Foote Road; Follow Tyler Foote through North Columbia enjoying a dozen miles of nice pavement and sweepers; Left on SR 49 back to GV/NC.
Malakoff Diggins State Park:
And of the grass roots effort to forestall the closures: http://yubariver.org/saveparks/
Always beware of gravel where primitive driveways abut your paved route!
Never rely upon my “Today’s Route” directions exclusively. Roads get pretty squirrelly in these parts. Carry a good map or two.
Another view of the Edwards Crossing of the South Yuba.