Foresthill, California
“A Proud Heritage and A Bright Future”


The Gold Rush

The Foresthill Divide is one of the earliest explored areas of California during the Gold Rush. Foresthill became a town in 1850 due to gold mining operations along the North and Middle Forks of the American River. Today, hundreds of mines, some still active, are found throughout the area.


After the gold played out, many Foresthill settlers turned to logging the tall trees that cover the Divide and a dozen lumber mills were established. The harvesting of timber, just like gold, eventually became too costly to pursue and the mills were closed. However, Foresthill continues to thrive and the focus has now turned to tourism and recreation.


Today, with the wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities of the Tahoe National Forest, pristine alpine lakes, rushing rivers and snow
covered mountains, Foresthill attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world to experience its natural beauty.

Native Americans

Nisenan Indians inhabited the region for about 2,000 years prior to the Gold Rush. The Maidu Indian organization actively promotes the local Native American legacy through education and demonstrations in the community.

Points of Interest:

Crossing the Foresthill Bridge takes you back to the rugged, spectacular land of the Gold Rush days. We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
  • Foresthill Bridge highest bridge in California at 730 ft!
  • Wells Fargo Stage Coach horse ‘Old Joe’s ’ Memorial Cairn
  • Forest Hill Divide Historical Museum
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park, Swim Center, Tennis Courts, Ball Field
  • Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Foresthill
  • Driving Tour of Foresthill Divide
  • Placer Sequoia Big Trees Grove
  • Duncan Peak
  • Robinson Flat
  • The Western States Trail

Gold Rush Towns of the Divide:

Todd’s Valley, Yankee Jim’s, Foresthill, Iowa Hill, Baker Ranch, Michigan Bluff


With the opening of Foresthill High School in 2004, home of the Wildfires, children can complete their K12 education here on the hill.


Foresthill offers year - round activities and is proud to be the Hub of the Western States Trail.
  • Poker Tournament
  • WS 100 Mile, 1 - day Endurance Run
  • Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
  • Gold Country Car Show & Poker Run
  • Tevis Cup, 100 Mile, 1-day Trail Ride
  • Heritage Celebration
  • Art Show
  • Halloween Downtown Trick-or-Treat
  • Christmas Tree Lighting

Wedding & Event Venues:

Experience a romantic mountain setting for your special event.
  • Forest House Lodge
  • Monte Verde Inn
  • Veteran’s Memorial Hall & Park


Majestic pine forests surround clear, fresh reservoirs offering camping, boating, fishing, hiking and swimming fun for the whole family.
  • Clementine- Foresthill Rd
  • Sugar Pine - Foresthill Rd
  • Oxbow - Mosquito Ridge Rd
  • French Meadows - Mosquito Ridge Rd
  • Hell Hole - Mosquito Ridge Rd


  • Robinson’s Flat
  • Morning Star
  • Big Reservoir
  • French Meadow
  • Sugar Pine Campgrounds

Where to Eat/Drink:

From the spectacular views at Worton’s Market to the cozy atmosphere at the Sugar Pine Pizza or Mega’s Cafe, diners will find plenty of choices:
  • Worton’s Market & Deli
  • Sugar Pine Pizza
  • Mega’s Café - Coffee and More
  • Dragon Boat Chinese Restaurant

Where to Stay:

Please visit our Chamber website  and click on the Lodging and Vacation Rental for details on all our available lodging and vacation rentals. Most are centrally located and a great place to start your exploration of the area.

Where to Shop:

  • Grant’s Hardware
  • Dollar General
  • Worton’s Market
  • Valero Gas Station & Market
  • Sierra Mini Mart & Gas Station

Outdoor Adventures:

In cooperation with the Tahoe National Forest, Foresthill supports challenging OHV trails for the riding enthusiast and offers world class white water rafting adventures on the American River.
  • China Wall OHV Staging Area
  • Middle Fork of the American River
  • North Fork of the American River
  • Horseback riding - Western States Trail


  • Carpenter’s Place - Gym & Tanning Salon

Drive Time From:

San Jose, CA - 170 mi NE (3 hrs)
San Francisco, CA - 140 mi NE (2.5 hrs)
Sacramento, CA - 52 mi NE (1 hr)
Auburn, CA - I 80 Exit #121 to Foresthill Rd, 17 mi NE (20 mins)
Reno, NV - 90 mi SW (1.5 hrs)
Lake Tahoe, CA - 100 mi SW (1.5 hrs)