Mokelumne Hill

Gold Country

The somewhat undiscovered settlement of Mokelumne Hill is 7 miles south of Jackson just off Hwy 49. Settled by French trappers in the early 1840s, it’s a good place to see historic buildings without the common glut of antique stores and gift shops. Stay at the old-style Hotel Leger if you want to soak up the peace and quiet.

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