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23.6 mi / 38.0 km


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At a Glance
Dry Diggins was the original name of both gold rush towns at either end of this DH back in the day when they attracted legions of ‘49ers. So one settlement changed its name to Auburn while the other became known as Old Hangtown, due to the tendency of the short-fused gold diggers to mete out rough, rope-based justice to local miscreants. Tempers cooled and the latter’s name was eventually changed to the more benign-sounding Placerville. These days, there’s so much traffic on this connector between I-80 and Hwy 50, especially north of Cool, that you’ll probably want to string up a few ne’er-do-wells yourself on the nearest oak tree. But, with patience, you can still sluice out some glittering Pavement and Twistiness from this claim. Scenery on the ride down to along and back up from the South Fork American River is a mother lode mix of golden open and forested countryside. And there’s more gilded viewscapes on the descent to the seam where the other two other American River forks join up, as well as on the final climb up to Auburn. Engineering assays out as better than average but, unfortunately, Remoteness has been played out by an amalgam of pylons and development, leaving only the smallest nugget of Character. Today’s fortune seekers are continuing to develop the whole area around here at such a rapid pace that the state capital is effectively merging with the two communities into one big Sacramauburnville. So if you want to strike it rich, you’ll have to dig up a time to avoid all the pylon riff-raff. Otherwise, there’s a good chance these particular DH diggings will come up dry.
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