El Dorado Trail (Placerville Bike/Hike/Equestrian Path)
|Level of Difficulty: Easy
(600' climbing on paved section
additional 600' climbing on dirt section)
|Riding Time: 1 - 2 hours
||Printable Area Map: El
Dorado Trail (Adobe
Acrobat required) Note: this map file is a little larger (total
KB) than other maps, so it may take a few minutes to download on a dial-up
|Season to Ride: All year
- except coldest winter days. Some summer
afternoons may be too hot.
Description: This is a true gem in El Dorado.
Part of the Rails to Trails program, this route climbs very gently up from
Placerville to near Camino. At the time of this writing the first
half is paved, the second half unpaved. The trail ends somewhat
abruptly near Camino (we hope that in the near future it will complete
it's path to Camino providing an ideal alternate to the busy Carson
Road). There are several places to jump off the trail and travel on
roads to other destinations... there's so many options, it's hard to list
them all... best to look at the map and decide on what route you'd like to
take. Please note that the speed limit on the El Dorado Trail is 15
As a personal note, we use this trail constantly... it's wonderful. :-)
||Start of El Dorado Trail near Highway 50 (parking,
||Trail reaches Jacquier Rd. Continue (uphill) on road
for 0.1 mile. El Dorado Trail resumes at this point.
||County Trailhead (parking, bathrooms). Turn Right from
Jacquier Rd onto El Dorado Trail.
||Highway 50 overpass
||Paved section of trail ends. Road bikes can go
downhill on Park Way Dr to Newtown Rd, while hikers, equestrians, and
mountain bikers can continue on the unpaved secion.
||Trail ends at fence.