Pilliken, Camp Creek and Cosumnes River

 

This is a great trip when the snow just gets melted off the roads. The elevation runs from about 6,000 to around 7,000 feet and takes in some beautiful scenery. Exit Hwy 50 east to Pollock Pines (Pollock Pines-Sly Park) take Sly Park Rd. (E 16 ) south to just past Sly Park Lake (Jenkinson Lake) then take your first Left on Mormon Immigrant Trail. Drive across the dams and then continue about 15 miles or so to the sign on the right that reads Pilliken Rd. Turn right and stage your quads there. Pilliken Road is 10 N 46 and is a for highway legal vehicles only according to the map but you will soon wonder with the water burms in the road for the first mile – who would want to drive their car down it? Drive down to the bottom of the canyon and start heading towards your left following Camp Creek up the canyon. Camp Creek will be on your right and as you drive up the Canyon you will see along side the road on your right a big rock outcropping which is where some waterfalls are, so stop and take a look.

Falls at Camp Creek

Falls at Camp Creek

Snacking in the Rain

Snacking in the Rain

As you continue on, you will hit the gravel road that comes down from your left so just veer right and keep going until you cross Camp Creek at the big culvert pipe. (This culvert Pipe is the beginning of a kind of a circle that you are going to travel.) Turn left on to 10 N 47 (on the map it shows 10 N 46 which doesn’t make since) and start following Camp Creek up the canyon on the other side of the creek. A few miles up keep looking through the brush to your left at the creek there are some more waterfalls and little water pools that are like hot tubs – only cold.

Camp Creek - Cold Tubs

Camp Creek – Cold Tubs

Camp Creek Pools

Camp Creek Pools

As you keep heading up the canyon you will come to what seems to be another road but just keep to your right and keep on riding on this road until you get to where the 10 N 47 road ends at a “T.” Turn right on 09 N 30 (Meiss Rd.) and drive until the road becomes paved then make a right turn on 10 N 46m. This is a 4 wheel drive trail but on a scale from 1-10 it is a 3 ½ . This trail leads you back to Pillikin road 10 N 46 which you turned off of at the culvert pipe at Camp Creek. Turn left on 10 n 46 and it’s a short trip over the hill and on your right will be a open drivable rock area you can ride out on and take in the view.

Nancy - Bald Hill

Nancy – Taking in the View – Bald Hill

Harvey & Cherilyn - Bald Hill

Harvey & Cherilyn – Bald Hill

After this, continue heading out on 10 N 46 until you reach the paved road. Across the paved road is the Cosumnes River.

Consumnes River

Consumnes River

Pink Flower in Consumnes River

Pink Flowers in Consumnes River

Large Leaf Plant - Consumnes River

Large Leaf Plant – Consumnes River

Snow Plant

Snow Plant

Consumnes River

Consumnes River

This is the end of the trip. The way back is easy. This is the road you started on so stay on this road all the way back to the staging point where you began your trip.

Have a great trip and drive safely.

Harvey

Note: This ride is not compliant with the Eldorado National Motor Vehicle Restrictions Map because there are dirt and gravel roads on this trip that the map shows as for Highway Legal Vehicles Only.