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!

Overview

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Overview

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:

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."

    Helpful Links:
    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