El Dorado Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The El Dorado Trail, like so many rail-trails in California and elsewhere, is a route in transition. About half of the trail is in place, a nice path that wanders through the oak woodlands east of downtown Placerville that serves, for the most part, local residents. But plans are afoot to extend the route. Surface: Asphalt (with a parallel dirt path) and ballast."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Rail Trails California (Falcon Guides).
The trail is paved up to a point and is a fairly even surface, which is a nice perk. But the trail crosses the nearby freeway via a bridge which means that the majority of the hike was filled with noise from the sounds of passing cars. The views of this trail are nothing spectacular.
This trail has been extended and if you continue beyond paved portion dirt trail continues up into Camino. Round Trip approx. 12 miles. Uphill grade going East and then fun and fast coming back. Used for running, walking, bicycling, horses. Dogs ok on leash. Starts through residential and gets more remote further up with nice sierra foothill scenery the whole way. Rated for ease of access, safety, scenery, and uphill challenge (not steep).
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