Companion Hiking and Walking Tours of the Gold Rush Country may be found here
All listed opening and closing times are as of April 2022 and subject to change at any time.
THE FOLLOWING STOPS ARE OPTIONAL. Parking fees for stops are not included in the price of this audio tour.
For basic information of individual California State Parks visit their website
If you enter and pay for parking at a California State Park, keep your parking receipt as it is good for parking at any other California State Park you visit on the same day.
OLD TOWN AUBURN: See self-guided walking map in companion brochure
GOLD RUSH MUSEUM: (601 Lincoln Way, Auburn) / Open Friday – Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Admission is free.
BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA FALLS TRAILHEAD: (Auburn State Recreational Area - Intersection of Highway 193 and Highway 49 in Auburn) / Limited free parking / paid parking is $10
EVERHART VINEYARDS & WINERY: (5821 Highway 49, Pilot Hill) / Hours Thursday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm. / (530-885-WINE) / Charge for tasting.
MAGNOLIA TRAILHEAD FOR GERLE LOOP: (6023 Coloma Road/Highway 49, Pilot Hill) / Restroom facility in parking lot/ Free Parking
MARSHALL GOLD DISCOVERY STATE HISTORIC PARK: (Highway 49, Coloma) / Day Use Open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. / Visitor Center and Museum Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m./ Public Restroom in Parking lot. More info here
LUCE DITCH FLUME RED SHACK TRAILHEAD: (Intersection of Red Shack Road and Highway 49, Coloma) / Free parking / No Restroom Facility
GOLD BUG MINE: (2635 Gold Bug Lane, Placerville) / Open November through March Saturday and Sunday only weather permitting 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Open April through October daily weather permitting from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Free parking and to explore the grounds / $10 to tour the mine, blacksmith and stamp mill / Portable Restroom in Parking lot
PLACERVILLE: See self-guided walking map in companion brochure.
This area of California may be enjoyed at any time of the year. But if you have an option, visit in the spring, summer, or early fall. Spring and fall because of the cooler weather. Summer, though more crowded and much warmer than other times of the year, has the largest open hours for parks and museums. See PLACES TO STOP ALONG THE WAY for current museum and park hours.
Speed limits on the highway during this driving tour average between 35 and 50 miles an hour. Take your time, be cautious and mindful as you drive these winding backroads. Pull over at turn-outs if you find cars piling up behind you. Obey the speed limit and any California Transportation workers instructions.
When we are touring through the old towns along this tour please keep your speed limit at or under 15 miles per hour.
If you park and leave your car for any reason, cover all your valuables, securely lock your car doors and take your keys with you. Cars are too often broken into, so it is best to take ALL valuables with you.
If you take any of the optional hikes along the way, stay on the paths and be careful as you walk, as the paths are uneven. Avoid touching poison oak which is prevalent near most paths.
This tour relies on GPS, not cell reception, so your tour will run well even on back roads, however you will not have reliable cell reception in some areas along this driving tour, so you will not be able to send or receive texts or receive calls along various stretches of this highway.
Search for VoiceMap Audio Tour on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Download the free App. Sign Up for a new account with your email and a password of your choice, go to the Explore option and search for “PLACER COUNTY” and purchase the tour you are interested in.
Download the tour while you have good WiFi reception. Click on the gear icon on the lower right corner and put the tour into yd/mi mode and turn off Tour Player Autolock and Audio Lost Alert.
Then, select the “ACCOUNT” option, select the tour you are going to take and read the information in the “ABOUT” option in the upper right. If you need directions to the starting point select “DIRECTIONS”. It will open another window in Apple Maps. You will need to close that window or use your phones interface to go back to the VoiceMap app to start the tour.
Go to your starting point, press “START” and follow the instructions of the narrator. Place your phone in a hands free holder on your car dashboard as there is a map on your screen that will show our travel route.
We also suggest that you have your phone plugged into an external charging port so that your tour isn’t interrupted by a dead battery.
You may pause this tour at any time using the pause button and resume it at any of the locations along the tour. If you decide stop along the way and take a meal break, or take one of the optional hikes, you should exit your tour by pressing the “END TOUR” downward facing arrow on the top right, then just restart it from the closest location by restarting the tour using the “Resume” button. You will be prompted with 3 stops. Chose the stop closest to your location.
Using the Video setting on your phone will shut down the VoiceMap app (and every other open app) and you will need to reload your tour. So, if you are using your phone for photos, try to use the Photo setting.