Forest View Trail

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The Forest View trail is 1 mile long loop. It begins at Forest Road 16-48 Road – Big Trees Picnic Area and ends at Forest Road 16-48 Road – Big Tree Picnic Area. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

At a Glance

Open Season: May – Nov
Restrictions: Difficulty Level:  EasyUse level:  Moderate

General Information


Trail Access: From Interstate 80, take the Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 1.2 miles and turn right onto Mosquito Ridge Road. Travel approximately 24 miles and make a right on to Forest Road 16. The picnic area and trailhead is ½ mile from this turn.

General Notes:

Trail description: The Forest View trail winds through old growth forest. Notice the many trees of different sizes, ages, and species. If you happen to visit during the spring, wildflowers are plentiful along the trail.  This short trail offers scenic views and is easy enough to be enjoyed by the whole family. The trail eventually intersects with the Placer County Big Trees trail. A self-guided interpretive brochure of the Big Trees trail is available at the Ranger Station. The entire length of both trails is approximately 1 ½ miles. There is a picnic area adjacent to the upper parking lot with tables, barbeques, piped water, and restrooms available.

DISTANCE: 1 mile loop

ELEVATION: 5290 to 5226 feet


NOTE: Water is often not available along the route.  Only water from developed systems at recreation sites is maintained safe to drink.  Open water sources are easily contaminated by human or animal waste.  Water from springs, lakes, ponds, and streams should be properly treated before drinking.  You may wish to carry water with you.  Another method of treatment is to use a backpacker’s water filter.  However, the best way is to bring to water to a full boil for 5 minutes.


  • Trail Measurement: 1 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude: 390323N
  • Compass Longitude: 1203417W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.0562921
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.5713145
  • Elevation in Meters: 1603
  • Elevation in Feet: 5259

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