The Divide (aka The Georgetown Divide) is the area that runs between the Middle Fork and the South Fork of the American River. Dissected by Highways 49 and 193, much of this area is within an easy drive from Highway 50 and Interstate 80. The Divide is the gateway to the vast Sierra Nevada's National Forest and Wilderness areas. The further east and higher in elevation you travel you see less and less private, deeded property. Almost everything is National Forest, so PRISTINE, PRIVATE, WILD AND UNTOUCHED PROPERTY FOR SALE is very rare in this area.
Looking for a special place to call your own? A private, remote, special place for just you, your family?... A little piece of wilderness to share with those you love... or to go and just get away and disconnect...?
Maybe a Northern Sierra Trout Fishing Property? How about owning a part of a Wild Native Trout Fishery?
Well here's one!
This is the pool above the falls in the video above
Oh, but did I mention this is remote? Not only just in miles, but in access...
After driving just under an hour from downtown Placerville (including 20 minutes of dirt/gravel/rough road) you park, check your gear and take a hike. A private easement, along an old "Skid Trail" or "Skid Road" will lead you along whaler creek and to a nice gradual, solid gravel crossing... and then you start uphill, staying on the skid trail... about another 100-120 feet or so, where you will cross the southern boundary and enter the property.
Here's a few maps of the area long with several other driving maps, directions and useful info about the journey to the property.
These were taken May of 2017 and June 2018
There are very few level to semi level spots without big rocks outcroppings or trees.
IF YOU INTEND TO TRY TO FIND THIS PLACE, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE SCREEN SHOTS OF THE MAPS AND DIRECTIONS TO SAVE IN YOUR PHOTO'S ON YOUR PHONE . CELL COVERAGE UP HERE THERE IS VERY LITTLE TO NONE; you will not be able to get a signal too access this page on your phone. Verizon, or not.
From Swansboro Airport, take Rock Creek (Mosquito becomes Rock Creek at airport), go east past the private lake on your left, follow as the road turns hard left (North), past another lake and Community Park on right. About 1/4 mile past the second lake you go into thick pine trees and the road drops down and turns right. Just after, you will cross over One Eye Creek. There's a road to the left and you will see a bank of mailboxes. Turn left here (go left at mailboxes). Follow about 4 miles, staying on pavement - the first fork go straight (stay on pavement) and at the second fork both are paved and you want to go left (Rock Creek Rd). Basically just stay on pavement until the road becomes dirt , and keep going another couple miles- look for white cross at fs road 12N83 go left. It is the first main road to the left after pavement ends – follow 1.2 miles to Whaler Creek crossing (2 big culverts). Old easement road/ Skidder road (cat track) goes north on east side of Whaler Creek. Walk up this road about 300 yards. Road crosses creek and property line starts about 100 feet from Whaler Creek. This road continues through property. See maps-
Here's another set of directions;
Forth’s Directions: from Swansboro airport south east end of runway at Rock Creek/Mosquito Road intersection, go North-East on Mosquito Road; go past pond/park on right. Go to next major intersection, 1/3 mile approx. -turn hard left (at bank of mailboxes.) YOU ARE NOW ON ROCK CREEK ROAD EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO SIGN
Stay on pavement. Stay right at next fork One Eye Creek Road) continue on One Eye Creek Rd - to next left at next intersection to Rock Creek Rd - The road changes names several times but just go straight- (basically stay on pavement and stay on main road) Continue till pavement ends and at about 3.8 miles from mailboxes, go left at intersection to turn onto Slate Mountain Mine Rd. This is alos USFS road #12n83 -there is a road market in fork of road with#12n83
Continue 1.2 miles to crossing at Whaler Creek and junction of private easement road/CAT trail that follows along whaler creek upstream to creek crossing. cross creek continue up trail - not for sure where the property line is but is seems to me 150-200 feet up road from creek. (property has never been surveyed).
You can get to Swansboro Airport from Highway 193 at Rock creek Road or from Placerville by heading north out of town on Mosquito Road and following the signs. Just not advisable to have a trailer or large rig of any kind that way) Either way it is approx 1/2 hour to 40 minutes from downtown Placerville.
Here are driving directions to Swansboro Airport from highway 193:
Go north on Hwy 49 just a mile or so and then turn right onto Hwy 193 towards Georgetown. Cross the American River and HEAD UP OUT OF THE CANYON ON 193. WATCH FOR A PAVED ROAD TO THE RIGHT: ROCK CREEK ROAD
TURN OFF HWY 193 AT ROCK CREEK ROAD AND GO EAST TO FOLLOW SIGNS TO SWANSBORO AIRPORT
HERE, THE ADDRESS IS IRRELEVANT ON MOSQUITO ROAD IN LOWER LEFT OF PICTURE- JUST FIND THE EAST END OF THE RUNWAY AND GO NORTHEAST ON ROCK CREEK ROAD. GO PAST LAKE AND PARK ON RIGHT, AND FOLLOW ROAD TO THE BANK OF MAILBOXES, WHERE YOU TAKE A HARD LEFT. THIS IS ROCK CREEK/ONE EYE CREEK ROAD, THAT BECOMES ROCK CREEK ROAD AGAIN.
FROM EAST END OF RUNWAY GO NORTHEAST ON ROCK CREEK ROAD, TURN HARD LEFT TO PAVED ROAD AT BANK OF MAILBOXES THEN STAY ON PAVEMENT AND GO UNTIL THE PAVEMENT RUNS OUT THEN KEEP GOING
TOPO MAP OF ROAD FROM AIRPORT TO SLATE MOUNTAIN MINE ROAD--- TURN LEFT TO DOWNHILL AT ROAD #12N83 - (THERE IS USUALLY A WHITE CROSS IN THE FORK OF THE ROAD). THIS IS SLATE MOUNTAIN MINE RD.
LOOK FOR ROAD THAT GOES LEFT- MAJOR ROAD NEARLY AS WELL TRAVELED - MARKED MANY TIMES WITH A WHITE CROSS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FORK- THERE IS ALSO A FOREST SERVICE ROAD MARKER 12N83-
FROM THE FORK GO ABOUT 1.2 MILES TO THE FIRST MAJOR CREEK CROSSING- TWO LARGE 6 FT CULVERTS. THIS IS WHALER CREEK (MARKED WITH THE RED X ON MAP) AND THIS IS WHERE YOU START WALKING UP THE CREEK TO THE PROPERTY.
WALK UP THE CREEK PAST THE OLD CAMPGROUND AND FOLLOW THE SKIDDER TRAIL ACROSS THE CREEK (NO BRIDGE, YOU GET WET) AND FOLLOW THE ROAD UP THE HILL ON NORTH SIDE OF CREEK. ACCORDING TO MAPS, THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY IS APPROX 150 FEET UP THE HILL. BUT IT IS NOT SURVEYED.. SEE MAPS
From Swansboro Airport, take Rock Creek (Mosquito becomes Rock Creek at airport), go north past private lake on right, road drops down into trees, at rhe gig bank of mailboxes go hard left. Follow 4 miles, stay on pavement - then pavement becomes dirt - look for white cross at fs road 12N83 go left – follow to Whaler Creek crossing (2 big culverts). Old easement road (cat track) goes north on east side of Whaler Creek. Road crosses creek and property line starts about 50 feet from Whaler Creek easement road.
Forth’s Directions to Property
Directions from Swansboro airport south east end of runway at Rock Creek/Mosquito Road intersection.
North-East on Mosquito Road; go past pond on right. Go to next major intersection, turn hard left (at bank of mailboxes.) YOU ARE NOW ON ROCK CREEK ROAD EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO SIGN.
Stay right at next fork (One Eye Creek Road) continue on One Eye Creek Rd - to next left at next intersection to Rock Creek Rd - (basically stay on pavement and then stay on main road) Continue about 3.8 miles from the mailboxes to left at fork of Slate Mountain Mine Rd. #12n83
Continue 1.2 miles to crossing at Whaler Creek and junction of private easement road/CAT trail/double track that runs north and follows along whaler creek. Park somewhere here near creek and walk along skid trail upstream to creek crossing. Cross creek and continue up hill on skid trail - not for sure where the property line is but is seems by maps it's 250-300 feet up road from creek. (property has never been surveyed). There is a turn to the left, and then two "tiered" landings, or flattened areas, not sure it these are on property or not. This road/trail heads uphill and then runs right, crosses a stream bed (normally not wet year round) and then runs east along the hillside for approx. 200 yards then turns northward to the left and becomes very, very steep and rocky. Follow for 150-200 yards and this will take you to the northern boundary that is marked with national forest boundary signs. (the national forest boundaries have been surveyed in the 70's for a timber sale. those boundaries are marked.
The east property line starts at the northeastern corner of the property. The corner is on the east side of Ballard Canyon, and is accessible by foot from the cat track/ two track road- turn to head downhill and then follow the first old logging trails or "Skid Trails" that meander and switchback toward the bottom of Ballarat Canyon. Almost all of these have had motorcycle traffic and the trails are easy to see and follow. There are few boundary signs on northern boundary in this section so do not get too far north before taking a switchback to head south again and lower into the canyon. Don't worry about if you are on the right trail or not, the lower you switchback down into the canyon all the trails converge and then basically run out as it gets too steep and the ground too loose for motorcycles. You'll have to just make your way. From the creek, it is relatively easy to make your way downstream (you pretty much HAVE to get wet and walk in the creek for some of the way) but it is just a short walk back to the Whaler Creek Canyon. As you turn right at the Whaler Creek and Ballarat Canyon Creek convergence, you are only 100 yards or so from Whaler Creek Falls in the video above and the pretty little clearing where there seems to be an old home site.
Please call before you just head out though, and don't go alone. Except for the occasional motorcycle, I have never seen anyone or even found a fresh footprint in the 25 or so times I have been up there. Let someone know where your going and when you'll be back.
Here's something fun: can you find whaler creek on this old map?
Hint: Whaler creek runs into Rock creek and is just west/southwest of Sand Mountain
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