Big Tree Road Driving Guide (First Edition – 2022)

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Big Tree Road Driving Guide (First Edition 2022 - Front Cover


(First Edition – 2022)


From Hope Valley, California to Murphys, California.
Markers BT-1 to Reference Marker RM-16




Big Tree Road Driving Guide

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This 65 page guide is only intended to be a Driving Guide so it does not include the photos, emigrant diary quotes and narratives that are found in the larger Guidebooks.

The historic Big Tree Road stretches from the Hope Valley, California to Murphys, California.  No markers were installed in the area between Lower Blue Lake and Hermit Valley since this area is only accessible by a primitive road.  Four (4) Historical Placques were used as Reference Markers to mark the trail at locations where additional rail post markers would be redundant.  Big Tree Road remnants are visible at many locations and many can easily be hiked on. This feature provides an opportunity for the modern trail enthusiast to visualize the same settings that the early emigrants enjoyed.

This guide covers two segments of the Big Tree Road.  The first segment begins close to Highway 88 (Hope Valley) and Blue Lake Road and ends at Lower Blue Lake, California.  The second segment begins off of Highway 4 in the Hermit Valley, California and goes to Murphys, California.

Included in the guide are trail route maps, detailed driving instructions on how to travel from marker to marker, GPS coordinates in Latitude/Longitude and UTM formats and a history of the Trail.

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