Holcomb View Trail.
and follow the Pacific Crest Trail 250 feet east to the view
Bill Holcomb, being a fine marksman, was hired by other
prospectors to hunt bear for its meat.
One hunting trip led him up
, and when
he reached the ridge line he looked northward and saw a
beautiful little valley two miles distant.
The party back at Starvation Flats later names this
The flowing day Bill and Ben Choteau, his Cherokee
companion, wounded a “monster grizzly.”
They followed the blood trail across a quartz ledge
which caught Bill’s attention.
Three days later they returned to take hunks of the
quartz down to Caribou Creek where they intended to test the
washing the rock in the creek, they were delighted to find the
stream bed shimmering with gold washed down from the ridges
above them! The
news spread rapidly and by July of 1860 the valley was
swarming with prospectors.
gentle tree-lined path you can see a lovely moss-covered tree.
The striking colors of the moss which envelops the tree
trunk really capture your attention while hiking along the shady
path towards a spectacular first view of the
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breathtaking view of the
This trail is so quiet and the view is so beautiful it is
like having paradise all to yourself.
Holcomb View Trail is
strewn with interesting rocks.
view of the Holcomb View Trail on the return trek back to
1.Holcomb View Trail - 2. Last
Wilbur's Grave (Not on the tour)
3. Two Gun Bill's Saloon - 4. Jonathan Tibbett's Grasshopper Quartz Mill
5. Hangman's Tree - 6. Original Gold Diggings -
7. Belleville - 8. Arrasters
9. Ross' Grave - 10. Pygmy Cabin Site - 11. Metzger Mine
12. Gold Mountain A.K.A. Lucky Baldwin Mine