Latrobe - French Creek - Green Valley Loop


Level of Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult 
(3300' total climbing) 
Printable Area Map:  
Latrobe French Creek Green Valley Loop 
(Adobe Acrobat required)
Riding Time: 3-4 hours 
Season to Ride:  Year round - though Summer days can be very hot (early start recommended during Summer).

Description:  This is a wonderful ride to do in early Spring (March / April) when the wildflowers are out in full force, the hills are green, creeks are flowing, and the bright colors can really make for some terrific scenery.  By summertime though this area becomes quite hot, so riding then is recommend only if you get a very early start during this time.  Brandon, French Creek and Old Frenchtown roads are generally very light in traffic and make ideal cycling.  The route climbs out of the lower foothills up towards Rescue and Cameron Park before it descends back down to the starting point.  The last part of this ride goes out Silva Valley to get you set up for a spectacular descent down Serrano Pkwy near the end.

Traffic notes:
 Latrobe Road is narrow at some points and has moderate (but very fast) traffic.  South Shingle Rd (the portion used in this ride), Brandon Rd, French Creek and Old Frenchtown Roads are generally light in traffic.  Greenwood has moderate traffic.  Green Valley Rd has moderate to high traffic and is narrow between Greenwood (where you first turn onto the road) and Cameron Park.

 

Miles

 Directions

0.0

Start of ride at El Dorado Hills Blvd and Town Center Blvd (at shopping center). 
Head South on El Dorado Hills Blvd (away from Hwy. 50)

7.8 Railroad Tracks at top of hill (cross with caution).
8.1 Intersection with Latrobe Road (just past top of hill).  Turn Left on South Shingle Rd
10.2 Turn Right on Brandon
11.3 Railroad tracks (cross with caution).
12.3 Brandon Rd ends. Turn Left on French Creek Rd.
16.8 Veer towards Right at intersection.  Road becomes Old French Town Rd.
19.4 Two directions follow quickly.
Turn Right on Motherlode Dr.
Immediate Left follows onto Greenstone Rd.
19.9 Railroad tracks this one particularly bumpy (cross with caution).
22.0 Turn Left on Green Valley Rd
24.6 Intersection with Lotus Rd.  Go towards Left (still Green Valley Rd).
25.5 Turn sharp Right for Green Valley Rd (towards Rescue and Cameron Park)
26.1 Town of Rescue (limited groceries). 
28.8 Intersection with Cameron Park Dr (groceries, supplies).  Continue straight
33.6 Left on Silva Valley Rd
(No lights or stop sign here
Silva Valley Road is on left side only about 200 yards before stoplight).
36.4 Turn Right at stop sign onto Serrano Parkway.  Brief climb, then spectacular
descent follows.
37.6 Serrano Parkway ends at stoplight.  Turn Left onto El Dorado Hills Blvd
38.6 Ride ends at Town Center Blvd and El Dorado Hills Blvd.