Technical difficulty   Difficult

Time  5 hours 50 minutes

Coordinates 1337

Uploaded November 6, 2011

Recorded November 2011

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near Colfax, California (United States)

This hike is difficult due to frequent narrow spots with steep drop-offs. It's anything but fast going and can be brutally hot in the exposed areas during the summer. It's not for the faint of heart past Windy Point. Elevation profile isn't accurate, neither is distance. Total elevation gain according to Google Earth is 1,585 and loss is 2,400 with a length of 5.46-miles.

Would estimate this as a 4-hour hike with limited stops.
  • Photo of 1st Creek Crossing
  • Photo of 1st Creek Crossing
  • Photo of 1st Creek Crossing
  • Photo of 1st Creek Crossing
  • Photo of 1st Creek Crossing
Creek requires a rope-assist crossing in early spring due to the fast and high water flows.
  • Photo of River Access Trail
  • Photo of River Access Trail
  • Photo of River Access Trail
  • Photo of River Access Trail
  • Photo of River Access Trail
This ~400-foot trail provides a steep yet easy access to one of the prettiest spots on the North Fork American River.
  • Photo of Spring Access Trail
  • Photo of Spring Access Trail
  • Photo of Spring Access Trail
  • Photo of Spring Access Trail
  • Photo of Spring Access Trail
  • Photo of Spring Access Trail
Great .3-mile trail that parallels a year-round creek to it's source, an underground spring.
  • Photo of Windy Point Redux (2nd bluff)
  • Photo of Windy Point Redux (2nd bluff)
  • Photo of Windy Point Redux (2nd bluff)
  • Photo of Windy Point Redux (2nd bluff)
  • Photo of Windy Point Redux (2nd bluff)
  • Photo of Windy Point Redux (2nd bluff)
Spectacular river views and wildflower vistas abound, aka just like Windy Point.
  • Photo of Sinkhole
Prominent sinkhole just off the trail.
  • Photo of Indian Creek
  • Photo of Indian Creek
  • Photo of Indian Creek
  • Photo of Indian Creek
  • Photo of Indian Creek
  • Photo of Indian Creek
The confluence of Indian Creek and the North Fork American River is a popular gold panning location and is a great place to swim or rock scramble, including up Indian Creek ~.3-miles to a falls.
  • Photo of Yankee Jim's Bridge
  • Photo of Yankee Jim's Bridge
  • Photo of Yankee Jim's Bridge
  • Photo of Yankee Jim's Bridge
  • Photo of Yankee Jim's Bridge
  • Photo of Yankee Jim's Bridge
Yankee Jim's bridge is .1-miles from Shirttail Creek. Built in 1930 it forms the Boundary for Auburn State Recreation Area.
  • Photo of Windy Point Trailhead
  • Photo of Windy Point Trailhead
  • Photo of Windy Point Trailhead
  • Photo of Windy Point Trailhead
  • Photo of Windy Point Trailhead
  • Photo of Windy Point Trailhead
This popular wild-flower overlook on the North Fork of the American River is located on Iowa Hill Road in Colfax .7-miles past the Mineral Bar Campground in Auburn State Recreation Area. More information on Windy Point >>>http://members.psyber.com/asra/tgwind.pdf
  • Photo of Windy Point Bluff
  • Photo of Windy Point Bluff
  • Photo of Windy Point Bluff
  • Photo of Windy Point Bluff
  • Photo of Windy Point Bluff
  • Photo of Windy Point Bluff
Windy Point is widely recognized as one of the premier wildflower hikes in Auburn SRA, if not all of Placer County.
  • Photo of Rendezvous Yankee Jim's Group
Spot where the Windy Point hikers met the Yankee Jim crew on their way-up to Iowa Hill for a key swap in November 2011.

5 comments

  • Photo of ClipperCreekWanderer

    ClipperCreekWanderer Nov 10, 2011

    I can hardly wait to make this journey myself. Sorry I keep missing your trips.

  • Photo of Anderson

    Anderson Feb 23, 2014

    Thanks for including waypoints with photos to this great hike. I'll add this hike to my list of places to visit on my next visit to Sacramento.

  • Photo of Dalits

    Dalits Mar 31, 2014

    Magnífica ruta y preciosas fotos.

    ¡¡Que suerte tenéis de disfrutar de esos parajes!!

  • Photo of HispanoMaximo

    HispanoMaximo Aug 30, 2014

    It´s great man, it's really nice, this river look very wild hahaha. Seriusly, I like the photo and the trail.

    Bye! https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/iowa-hill-road-to-yankee-jims-bridge-2194621#wp-2194624/photo-824551

  • Photo of Berta NC

    Berta NC Jan 3, 2018

    Great trail @FoothillHikers, thank you!!

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