Top 5 Things to Do at Eldorado National Forest

Are you looking to get away for the weekend with your special someone? The quiet Northern California countryside offers a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you’re a couple that finds romance in relaxation or adventure, you’ll discover that both await you at Eldorado National Forest! Located in central Sierra Nevada, it is a prime destination for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, or simply reconnecting with each other in nature. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your getaway today and be sure to request our free Vacation Guide which is full of tips about the best things to see and do in the area!

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What Are the Best Things to Do at Eldorado National Forest?

1. Hiking

Eldorado National Forest is filled with miles of scenic trails, many of them winding past glittering lakes, fields of wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and rocky alpine terrain. Take a romantic afternoon stroll with your sweetheart and enjoy the view! Some not-to-be-missed routes include Caples Creek Trail, Granite Lake Trail, and Thunder Mountain. Check out the Eldorado National Forest hiking map to see a complete list of trails and where they are located.

2. Fishing

A man fly fishing in the Eldorado National Forest

With 611 miles of fishable streams and 297 lakes and reservoirs, the fishing experience of a lifetime awaits you here. The lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams are stocked full of rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Find an intimate spot by the water, cast your lines, and enjoy one another’s company in the great outdoors. Fishing is allowed in the lakes year-round, while the rivers are open from late April through mid-November.

3. Rock Climbing

There’s nothing like a little adventure to reignite the spark in your relationship, and a climb up the 600-foot vertical granite wall at Lovers Leap is sure to take your breath away! There are more than 250 developed rock-climbing routes, but some of the most popular are The Hogsback, Lower Buttress, and Dear John Buttress. The climbs range from moderate to difficult, and most of the sport climbing is 5.10+ YDS or harder.

4. Mountain Biking

A woman mountain biking in the Eldorado National Forest

If you really want to get your adrenaline rushing, race each other down the mountain via bike! With steep inclines and fun downhill plunges, Fleming Meadow Loop is one of the most popular cycling trails. You will get a good workout on this one, but the path is well-marked and very smooth. Then, pedal over to Sly Park Lake and ride side-by-side along the water. The views are absolutely breathtaking!

5. Other Outdoor Activities

The Eldorado National Forest weather ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, wet winters. During the summer months, it is an ideal place for swimming, boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, or picnicking. In the wintertime, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, or snowmobiling. No matter what time of year you visit, there are endless ways to get out and explore!

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After an exciting day exploring the great outdoors, relax and unwind at our enchanting Placerville, CA, bed and breakfast. Eden Vale Inn is a short drive from the Eldorado National Forest and just minutes from other outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, and more. Each of our rooms is well-appointed with luxurious amenities, comfortable furnishings, and spa-like private bathrooms.

For a truly memorable experience, we recommend booking a stay in our Juniper Room. With a king-size bed, a couple’s deep soaking tub, fireplace, and private deck, it is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! Make sure to take advantage of our specials and book your romantic Northern California getaway today. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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