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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.
Creek requires a rope-assist crossing in early spring due to the fast and high water flows.
This ~400-foot trail provides a steep yet easy access to one of the prettiest spots on the North Fork American River.
Great .3-mile trail that parallels a year-round creek to it's source, an underground spring.
Spectacular river views and wildflower vistas abound, aka just like Windy Point.
Prominent sinkhole just off the trail.
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.
Yankee Jim's bridge is .1-miles from Shirttail Creek. Built in 1930 it forms the Boundary for Auburn State Recreation Area.
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
Windy Point is widely recognized as one of the premier wildflower hikes in Auburn SRA, if not all of Placer County.
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.