Best trails in El Dorado National Forest, California

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Looking for a great trail in El Dorado National Forest, California? AllTrails has 96 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 53 moderate trails in El Dorado National Forest ranging from 0.7 to 31.6 miles and from 2,234 to 10,872 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Bassi Falls
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
Easy, short hike to an incredible waterfall. When you reach the base of Bassi Falls, you will be treated to an awesome view of the entire 109 ft. cascade. Later in the summer, there is really not much to see, as Bassi Creek becomes a mere fragment of its former self. Show more
#2 - Lake Margaret Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Permits not required for overnight use, though a Campfire permit is required for fires (wood, gas, or charcoal burning). Show more
#3 - Wrights Lake to Enchanted Pools
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=fsbdev7_019037 The trail after Twin Lakes branches off is almost non existent, so make sure you have your map handy.Show more
#4 - Lyons Creek Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 30 m
#5 - Thunder Mountain Summit
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
#6 - Grouse, Hemlock, and Smith Lake via Twin Lakes Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/home/?cid=fsbdev7_019037Show more
#7 - Granite & Hidden Lakes Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
#8 - Woods Lake Campground Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 21 m
#9 - Freel Peak, Job's Sister, and Jobs Peak Loop
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 7 h 11 m
The hike takes you to the summit of Freel Peak (10,886 ft) - the highest peak in the Tahoe region. From there you continue onwards to to Job's Sister (10,823 ft) and finally to Job's Peak (10,633 ft) before finally descending back to the trailhead. The hike involves a lot of elevation gain, and most of the time is spend close to or above 10,000 ft. There is no water along the way so be sure to carry plenty. The summits can be quite windy so a light jacket would be useful.Show more
#10 - Caples Creek Loop Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
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