El Dorado Trail from Smithflat is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Placerville, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
To say that this trail is "#1 of 1 in Lumsden Park" is an extreme stretch. It's nowhere near Lumsden Park. The "directions" took me to a dead-end road where a school is, so I updated Google maps to Lumsden Park, which was on the opposite side of the freeway and is fairly small with very little parking, and there aren't even road signs to the park. I asked some locals at the park and they said the trail isn't in Lumsden, but since it's a long trail there are many places to park and join it. Since it took me an hour to drive to Placerville I was determined to find the El Dorado Trail. I finally drove around and parked on the corner of where Jacquier Rd turns into Smith Flat Road, which is at the beginning/end of the trail. I spent so much time trying to find it that by the time I did, I barely was able to walk the trail because it was over 90 degrees. I'll go back and walk it now that I know where it's at, but the wrong details and directions made it very frustrating.
It is mostly for bicycle, doesn't give you feel with wild nature at all. Highway is right there and most of the way asphalt trail. Not much view...
Consider its walking trail not a hike as it is paved. Nice incline, good for training
all purpose trail. I've trained on this trail for running. Slight incline in some places for some hill work.
Very nice, easy trail. We walked, but I'm definitely going back with bikes so that we can go farther. Takes you along highway 50, but still has lots of pretty views. Almost the entire trail is shaded, so even on a 70+ degree day I was still chilly. I guess eventually this trail will connect with the American River Bike Trail and you'll be able to ride from Sacramento to the Tahoe basin.
Love this trail! The view changes several times from the start to the finish.
Nice hike follows along (and over) hwy#50. We took our dogs and there were just a few other people out doing the same. Turned round after 4 miles so we didn't quite make it to the end but it felt like we could walk all the way to Tahoe! Can't wait to do it again.
It's fun to take this trail past the pavement, all the way to the end, which leads to no where. It serves a great purpose for the community. Not too many views and no water landmarks, but some fine sites and a few hidden geocaches. Recommend for family adventures. Very fun for bicyclists.
Nice trail that serves its purpose of being something for everyone! Dog walkers, bike riders, hikers, families, singles - everyone can use this trail! Right in the middle of town, but feels like you are in nature setting most of the time. Paved on most parts and a few entrance options (I like the Smith Flat entrance and the more suburban entrance off Missouri Flat). I have walked this and ridden on my mountain bike. It does get icy/cold in the winter, but the summer heat from the city isn't nearly as bad here.