Western States Trail El Dorado Canyon

Michigan Bluff, California

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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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by Steven L. Evans (Wilderness Press)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Michigan Bluff
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: Best: Spring & Fall, but accessible year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tahoe National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Michigan Bluff
Driving Directions: Directions to Western States Trail: El Dorado Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

6/18/2013
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I had been wanting to do a section of the western states at the higher elevations. We wanted to do this as a short afternoon hike. Off the beaten path, we thought we would find privacy and open space for the dogs to run. It is a well groomed trail, with beautiful canyon sun coverage. The trail drops steeply and does not stop dropping until about 3 miles. The water was nearly all dried up. Many Many mosquitoes! Bring bug spray! This is a good butt kicker if you want some cardio. This is not your leisurely hike and the pretty views disappear 100 feet into the trail. Not my favorite hike and I will be looking for different sections in the future to explore.



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