Slate Mountain Trail

Placerville, California 95667

Slate Mountain Trail

Slate Mountain Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Slate Mountain Road begins north of Placerville near Finnon Reservoir. The graded dirt road is not suitable for passenger vehicles because of several rough, uneven sections interspersed with the smoother sections. Special Attractions: Slate Mountain Fire Lookout; Access to a network of 4WD, ATV, and motorbike trails; Cool shady, forest drive in Eldorado National Forest. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Great easy trail in stock 4x4.
Spur to fire lookout is a bit more challenging due to narrow road, but still easy.
Views from fire lookout are spectacular.
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A great trail. Easy for the most part though some of the trails that branch off get pretty narrow and definitely shrub hungry. Have a nice long scratch in the ol' Rover to prove it. Fantastic views at the Fire Lookout.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
2 hours
May to November, best in dry weather
2,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,700 feet
Top Elevation
Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Slate Mountain, Tunnel Hill, Placerville
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