Unlike its more popular sections lower in the foothills, this segment of the Western States Trail is off the beaten track. Its topography is steeper and the mid-elevation vegetation more diverse than the WST in the lower Sierra foothills. Also, the trail played an important role in Gold Rush history and provides magnificent views of and access to a roadless area being proposed for wilderness protection. The stream flowing through El Dorado Canyon is quite scenic and offers opportunities for fishing and camping.
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