Quad Riding in the Hammonton Gold District Dredge Fields – Northern CA

My good friend Keith asked me if I would like to go with him quad riding to a place a co-worker told him about on the Yuba River. As usual I was game but I was kind of hoping it was not like Prairie City as I don’t really care for that place.

I found I like the Hammonton (Yuba River) area and it is a good location to go anytime of the year. In the summer time it might be hot but the Yuba River is right there to cool off in. It’s located about 20 minutes East of Marysville. You take Hwy 20 East towards Grass Valley for about 20 minutes until you cross over a big newer concrete bridge then take a immediate right turn onto Timbuctoo, drive under the bridge and make your first left turn onto Hammonton Rd. heading down river. Drive about 3 miles down this paved pot holed road and your there. Bing Maps has a great birds eye view of it. There is a big flat area where most of the people park with plenty of area to pull your truck and trailer through and park. Trails abound all over the huge gravel piles with little gravel canyons and little lakes all around for an interesting landscape. There are hill climbs for all levels of quad riders, from beginners to advanced and figure eights with banked turns also. You need to get used to the area so you won’t drive up over a hill to fast and go over the edge and end up in a lake. So, always keep that in mind. Also, there isn’t any fees to ATV – Quad ride there. It’s FREE!


I give this place a thumbs up!


Happy Quading from Harvey @ ONEwithQUAD


Interesting Facts to know as you ride your quads in this area
(Found at Western Mining History)


The Hammonton district is in south-central Yuba County (California) along the lower Yuba River about 10 miles east of Marysville. It is a major dredge field that extends along the river about eight miles. It also is known as the Yuba River district.

The river and streams here were first worked during the gold rush by small-scale placer methods. However, this soon ceased because the river level was raised by a large influx of hydraulic mine tailings. Bucket-line dredging began in the district in 1903 under the direction of W. P. Hammon. In 1905 his interests were taken over by Yuba Consolidated Gold Fields, which had just been organized. This concern perfected large-scale bucket-line dredging here into one of the most efficient methods for mining placer gold. Yuba Dredge No. 20 was one of the largest gold dredges in existence. The district was dredged almost continuously from 1903 to 1968 and was the principal source of gold in California for some time. The estimated total output from dredging was estimated in 1964 at 4.8 million ounces.

However, operations have been gradually curtailed; in 1967 only two dredges were operating. On October 1, 1968 the last dredge was shut down, thus ending a major industry that had existed for nearly 70 years. More than a billion cubic yards of gold-bearing gravels were dredged. The extensive piles of gravel have become increasingly important as sources of aggregate.

Another good resource for historical information can be found on the web site: Gold in California. Enjoy! Nancy

Yuba Consolidated Dredge