ORDER NO. 690 - 038 - 2023

January 1, 2023


Trail Use Policy

Amended regulation Section 4360 and 4360(a) of Title 14, California Code of Regulations, "Trail Use" Unless designated by the Department, all trails are open to pedestrians and closed to all other uses. All allowable trail uses will continue as they are designated at the date of adoption of these regulations unless and until a change is made by order of the District Superintendent. The Department may establish speed limits for designated trail use for units or portions thereof. If established, these speed limits will be posted.

4360(a) Trails in Reserves and Preserves as defined in Public Resource Code Sections 5019.65, 5019.71 and 5019.74 may be designated for bicycle or equestrian use when the District Superintendent has determined that such use is important for public access to the area or to make important connections to other trails and where it has been determined that impacts to the resources for which the area was established will not be significant as defined in Public Resources Code Section 21068 and Section 15382, California Code of Regulations Title 14.

  1. In accordance with the provisions of Section 4326 of Title 14, California Code of Regulations, the following locations are the only routes designated open to bicycles and/or equestrians on trails. All other trails or trail use shall adhere to the regulations established above in section 4360 and 4360(a) of Title 14, California Code of Regulations.

Routes designated open to bicycles are listed below:

  1. Gold Discovery Trail- North Beach to Coloma Grange
  2. River Dyke Trail- Mount Murphy Rd to North Park Boundary
  3. Museum Picnic Area Trail System

All designated routes must be posted open by the use of a California State Parks approved and produced sign with a bicycle or equestrian symbol.

  1. No person shall operate a bicycle in such a way as to endanger hikers, equestrians or others using State Park Property, or in such a way as to damage park resources. No person shall operate a bicycle within Marshall Gold Sector of the, Gold Fields District at a greater speed than is reasonable and prudent, nor in any event in excess of 15 miles per hour. No person shall operate a bicycle in excess of 5 miles per hour when passing hikers or equestrians or when approaching and negotiating a blind turn. Blind turn is define as not being able to see oncoming traffic from a distance of 100 feet or less.
  2. Nothing herein shall affect any existing private, contractual, and residential or property rights.
  3. Exceptions to this order may only be granted in writing by the Gold Fields District Superintendent, 7806 Folsom Auburn Road, Folsom, CA 95630
  4. Nothing herein shall be construed to be in derogation of other provisions of law.


  • Roads are paved and intended for motor vehicle traffic.
  • Fire roads are unpaved and have limited or emergency motor vehicle use only.
  • Trails are routes of six feet width or less and designed for foot traffic only, unless otherwise open by this order.


So Ordered:

 Barry C. Smith, District Superintendent






AUTHORITY: California Public Resources Code, Section 5003 and 5008, California Code of Regulation, Title 14, Sections 4301(i), 4326, 4360





Department of Parks and Recreation - Gold Fields District


District Superintendent's Order Number 690-038-2023

Marshall Gold Sector Trail Use

Effective January 1, 2023


I hereby certify that on this date, in compliance with California Code of Regulation, Section 4301(i), Posting, copies of this order were posted at the Gold Fields District Office, the Northern Division Chiefs Office Sacramento, California and at locations convenient to the public within Marshall Gold Sector, Gold Fields District.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.



 Barry Smith, District Superintendent