Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
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Two of the largest hydraulic gold mines in the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be seen just a quarter-mile from a rest stop on Highway 20. Named by miners in the mid 1800s, Alpha and Omega Diggings only had a 30 year run before legislation shut down hydraulic mining due to it's environmental impact.

The short interpretive trail takes you to a viewing platform where you can catch a beautiful view of the surrounding Sierra. Alpha and Omega are noticeable by the huge gold color “scars” man has left on the mountain side. Although it is a very short hike, it's a good spot to get out of the car and stretch your legs!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Great view. Easy access. Facilities.

Cons

Short hike.

Trailhead Elevation

5,019.00 ft (1,529.79 m)

Net Elevation Gain

25.00 ft (7.62 m)

Features

Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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