Mother Lode Field Office

Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern

General Information

Location: 1/2 mile south of Chinese Camp, California.

Map:  Red Hills ACEC (pdf 2.8 mb)

Brochure:  Red Hills Interpretive Nature Trail - currently updating

Image of two bald eagles  Red Hills Bird Checklist

The Red Hills is a region of 7,100 acres of public land located just south of the historic town of Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County. The Red Hills are noticeably different from the surrounding countryside. The natural serpentine in the area causes the plant assemblage to be limited to those species that are tolerant of such minerals. Included among the buckbrush and gray pine is a rich diversity of annual wildflowers that put on a showy display every spring. The endangered bald eagle is a winter resident of the area.

See the colors of spring in the Red Hills ACEC

From Sonora, take State Highway 49 south 15 miles to Chinese Camp, then drive south on Red Hills Road for 1/2 mile.

Visitor Activities:
Hiking, horseback riding, wildflower viewing, birding, mountain biking, limited hunting.
Target shooting is prohibited. Off-road vehicle use is prohibited.

Trail length:
Interpretive nature trail system with various loops, total of about 17.3 miles.

Restrooms and picnic tables available.

Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no fees to enter the site.  Please note:  A Special Recreation Use Permit is required for all competitive or commercial activities on public lands.

Wheelchair Accessibility:  None.

Camping and Lodging:
There is no camping on public lands within the Red Hills ACEC. 

Food and Supplies:
Food and supplies are available in Jamestown.

First Aid:
No first aid is available on-site. The nearest hospital is located in Sonora. First aid is available through the Volunteer Fire Department in Chinese Camp, Green Springs Station on Route J59.

Know before you go:
The best time to view wildflowers is late March through early May.

Learn more about the Red Hills...

For more information, contact:

Bureau of Land Management
Mother Lode Field Office

Become a Red Hills Volunteer