Magnolia Ranch Trailhead
South Fork American River, Near Lotus, California
Magnolia Ranch Trailhead does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!
Pitch-In! Please do your part to keep our public lands clean and safe. Pack-it-In and Pack-it-Out.
The BLM, Magnolia Ranch Trailhead is located approximately five (5) miles north of the town of Coloma along Highway 49 and the South Fork of the American River. It is situated between the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park and Greenwood Creek River Access on public lands.
The Magnolia Ranch Trailhead takes you along the 2.5 mile Gerle Loop Trail which is an easy to moderate, mostly flat trail across rolling hills and oak woodlands with scenic views and access to the American River. The Gerle Loop trail ties into a more extensive trail system west of Hastings Creek and leads you into the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park.
What you need to know:
- Magnolia Ranch is a Day-Use area only. No overnight camping.
- Only non-motorized recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other similar passive activities are allowed.
- Portions of this trail system border private property. Please respect the rights of private property owners by staying on designated routes at all times.
- Please be aware that there are mountain lions and rattlesnakes in the area.
- Fireworks are prohibited.
- Fuelwood cutting and collection is prohibited.
- A Special Recreation Use Permit is required for all commercial, organized groups, or competitive activities.
Pack it in - pack it out... and pack a little extra if you can. Help us keep this area clean.
Hunting and Shooting Info - Magnolia Ranch:
No target shooting allowed
No hunting for bear, squirrels, rabbits, jackrabbits, waterfowl, furbearers, or non game species
NOTE: All California game species are regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
Rules, regulations, and seasons are controlled by CDFW, and it is the hunter’s responsibility to verify and comply with proper species, seasons, zones, regulations, and legal location if hunting on public lands.
FGC 3004 – It is unlawful for any person to hunt or discharge while hunting, any firearm or other deadly weapon within 150 yards of any occupied dwelling house, residence, or other building or any barn or other outbuilding used in connection therewith. The 150 yard area is a "Safety Zone."
Where to Shoot
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting on Public Lands, BLM California
Also VISIT: South Fork American River webpage
Other BLM Trailheads:
Cronan Ranch Trailhead
Greenwood Creek River Access
Return To: BLM, Mother Lode Field Office