Everything You Need to Know About the El Dorado Trail

Get ready for an adventure through the El Dorado Trail in Northern California! If you’re looking to get some exercise in a scenic environment, this is the place for you. There are several miles of trails to explore, offering excellent opportunities to get closer to nature and enjoy the fresh air of El Dorado County. Find out what you need to know so you can take advantage of this wonderful natural area.

In addition to the El Dorado Trail, Gold Country is home to a wide variety of activities and attractions. Whether you are looking for excitement or relaxation, there’s plenty of options for you here. Request your free Vacation Guide now to explore the Placerville, CA, area! Are you wondering where you can find the best restaurants, shops, outdoor activities, and upcoming events? Find out all about them when you get your guide!

What Is the El Dorado Trail?

The El Dorado Trail includes about 35 miles of paths between Placerville and the Camino area of Northern California. These trails are exclusively open to people walking, riding bicycles, or on horseback. The trail features a 2% grade, making it an easy journey for travelers. Keep in mind that there is an eight-mile paved section suitable for road bikes while the rest may be rocky and more suited for mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding.

There is an ongoing effort to continue the expansion of the trail, so stay tuned for updates and maintenance to certain sections. We recommend following the Friends of the El Dorado Trail Facebook page to stay up to date on announcements and trail information.

Local tip: If you’re interested in geocaching, there are over 100 geocaches to discover along the trail!

How Can I Get There?

While there are no cars allowed on the trail, there are plenty of places to park nearby. It’s divided into sections with multiple trailheads available as starting points. For the paved pathway on the eastern end, we recommend a few different parking lots.

Placerville Station, on Mosquito Road, is just minutes from Eden Vale Inn and always offers free parking. You can also drive a little to the west and park on Missouri Flat Road. Just be aware of parking regulations and stay in designated areas for trail access. Camelia Lane is another good option in the Smithflat area.

Where Can I Rent a Bicycle?

Did you happen to leave your bicycle at home during your trip to Placerville? Don’t worry! When you stay with us at Eden Vale Inn, you can take advantage of our Two-for-One El Dorado Trail Biking Package! We partnered with Placerville Bike Shop to get you an incredible deal. They are the go-to business for all your bicycle needs in the Sierra Foothills. This package includes two bicycle rentals, a trail map, and convenient pick-up and returns at the shop. Be sure to ask about it when booking your stay with us!

Where Is the Best Place to Stay Nearby?

View of Gray Pine room at Eden Vale Inn

Of course, you need a comfortable place to rest up after your adventures on the trail. At Eden Vale Inn, we offer top-notch accommodations in a convenient location in Placerville. We are also just minutes from trail access!

Step onto our scenic country estate and enjoy a stay in one of our luxurious guest rooms. Take a look at our Gray Pine room. Inside, find a romantic atmosphere with plenty of privacy and welcoming decor. Enjoy a comfortable king-size bed, luxury bathroom, and gas fireplace. For stunning views of Gold Country, walk outside to the outdoor deck. You can even relax on your private deck in a deep soaking tub! You deserve a California getaway this season. Check our availability and book your stay now. We look forward to seeing you!