Feeling Groovy at Eagle Creek Ranch Highlights
Northern California Historic Mountain Ranch Resort
Yes, the river really does run through it. Eagle Creek Ranch has a private stretch of river where you can enjoy fishing , gold panning or just plain sitting.
The ranch has never been mined. Panners have found nice nuggets just north (by the bridge) and just south of the ranch, so your likely to at least see a little color. If you ask we may be able to put you in touch with someone who will be willing to give you a lesson. Be careful that you don't trespass on Jimbo's claim just south of the ranch property.
The Log House
This is a unique structure in that it is built of logs that are locked together in such a way that you either have to start at the top or the bottom in order to get a log out. The house has no rafters and no sheeting on the roof. It was built so that it came up to the top of the wall and then they just set long single logs and put shingles right on them. There are no rafters and no boards on tip of the main timbers. The timbers on the top of that house are eight by sixteen, thirty two feet long. Some of the logs on the walls on the ends are twenty four inches wide and eight inches thick. Legend has it that the house was originally built as a granary. About the time they were half done, the old house burnt. So, they went ahead and finished the house and added a second story to it as a residence. Today, there is an inside stairway, but in the old days you had to go outside to get to the upstairs.
The Old Orchard
Adjacent to the cemetery is the old orchard. The trees are over 100 years old and contain both pear and apple trees. In the fall, when the fruit is ripe the orchard is a buzz of activity from deer, bear and coyotes-all looking for apples and pears to eat.
Our pond was built in 2002, and is a great place to sit and relax with a glass of wine and soak in the serenity of the surrounding landscape, and watch for wildlife. Only ranch guests have access to the pond.
The Wagon Shed
The oldest building on the ranch is the wagon shed. The wagon shed was used to house the drivers of the wagons that came over Scott Mountain on the California/Oregon Trail in the 19th century.
The old Stoddard Cemetery contains the remains of the Stoddard Family who owned this ranch in the late 1800's. There is an iron fence with a brass nameplate on the gate that marks the site. You are welcome to visit this cemetery. Just ask ahead in case there are horses in the pasture. We will make sure that gates are secure.
While a ditch may not sound terribly exciting, it is if you know about irrigation ditches. Our ditch runs from the river over a mile away all the way to the pond. If you are walking you can see it sitting in the woods all along the road. This ditch was built by Chinese labor in the 1800's and still serves the ranch today. Again, if we are around we will be pleased to share the secrets of the ditch.
The road which runs through the ranch is the only road we know of that gets more foot traffic than vehicle traffic. Everyone seems to love to stroll down the road. You will probably meet people from Ripple Creek Cabins and even the two of us, since in the eleven years that we have been lucky enough to live here, we have never tired of "the walk".
The Wintu Indians also lived on this land in the past. There are some archeological sites on the ranch, which cannot be disturbed. However, it is interesting to imagine the Wintu still here along the river. While there were no permanent settlements until you reach an area around Trinity Lake this area was used for seasonal hunting.
Trinity Alps Highlights
Mammals: black bear, black tail deer, elk, fox, mountain lions, raccoons, porcupines, coyotes, bats, grey squirrels, ground squirrels, pine squirrels, chipmunks...
Waterfowl: great blue herons, kingfishers, wood ducks, merganzers, geese, loons...
Birds of Prey: bald eagles, osprey, red-tailed hawks, barn owls, turkey vultures...
Other Highlight Birds: stellars jays, western tanagers, red-winged blackbirds, grouse, California quail, goldfinches, woodpeckers, orioles, hummingbirds...
Trees: douglas fir, ponderosa pine, red fir, white fir, black oak, canyon live oak, California madrone, bigleaf maple, California buckeye, incense cedar, Jeffrey pine, digger pine.
Wildflowers: Indian paintbrush, tiger lillies, columbine...
- One of the few remaining manned fire lookouts in the West.
- An award-winning local winery is just a 10 minute drive. It's open for tours and tasting!
- A cafe, store, and non-denominational church are just down the road in Coffee Creek
- A pay-per-use trout pond is also within 10 minutes by car.
- 2 marinas with boat launching facilities are within 15 minutes at the north end of Trinity Lake.
- Guided/catered functions/activities available through Quintessential California Tours
- Pioneer history museum within 15 minutes in Trinity Center.
- The Joss House, a 45 minute drive to Weaverville, is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California
- Lewiston Lake is a beautiful spot to fish for trout, or watch eagles do the same. It's 45 minutes away.
- Scott Valley is ranchland, dotted with charming small towns like Callahan, Fort Jones, Etna and Yreka. A windy road over Scott Mountain will bring you to Callahan in about 40 minutes
- The Pacific Crest Trail runs right over the top of Scott Mountain.... about 20 minutes from the ranch.
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