Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in El Dorado National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike to enjoy the wilderness, also easy hike for kids

Great up and down trail. Jogged it at an easy pace. Great occasional views but mostly through the forest. Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

I was looking for a nice morning hike close to our rental cabin and this was the perfect match! It’s a nice established trail with a lot of shade and trees. Some distant views of the lake but not too many. I hit the trail at 7:30 am and only encountered three other hikers and a couple mountain bikers...so it’s nice! Recommended!

trail running
3 months ago

This trail is a great, simple, out and back journey for a jog with a view! It has potential to link up with lots of other connecting trails too.

Its very pretty. Only didn’t do 5 because there are prettier lakes in deso. I didn’t see leaches although would have liked too :) some creek crossing- there seemed to always be trees to crossover but at one point I did take boots off and cross. It was fun, and didn’t see 1 would entire hike. Supposedly good for horses.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, pretty easy hike.

hiking
5 months ago

We really enjoyed this trail. It was challenging for us (but would probably be easy for those who hike frequently). Had a couple of nice views of the lake and a nice little creek at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike up but could not cross the falls in May. Views would of been spectacular i al sure

great primitive hut to rent, reserve online at recreation.gov During the winter snowshoe or AT ski in for a night. Spectacular sunsets during clear skies. heat and a privy are provided, everything else including water you must bring.

hiking
8 months ago

A little too manicured for our taste but a really lovely wooded walk. We took an off shoot down to the creek that was two miles round trip and that was a good workout. all in all a nice day.

Great waterfall and beautiful views of South Lake Tahoe!

on Power Line Trail

trail running
10 months ago

Nice clear trail, just make sure you stay to your left when you enter. There’s a creek and a bit of a view of Lake Tahoe at the end, then walking back you see the lake most of the way.

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Good fun and fairly straightforward for most of it.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great for mountain bikes. Uneventful hike. Catch a glimpse of South Lake Tahoe and the stream at the end is nice but otherwise I would prefer some better views. It's an easy hike if that's what you are looking for.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Gorgeous waterfall but got lost on the way back, went off trail and got lyme. My fault for getting lost and not backtracking immediately. Still recommend the trail though! Majestic mountainside trail n waterfall.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Short hike, not bad on return trip up hill. It looks steep on the map but the side hill really makes it easy.
Trail is well traveled.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Excellent moderate 7.1 mile loop hike south of Jenkinson Lake (Sly Park) right past the two dams. Popular with mountain bikers and hikers.

The reason they call the lake Bloodsucker is not only for all the bugs, the lake is also full of leaches. Be careful going in the water the leaches will swarm on you. Easy hike to a beautiful little lake

This was a beautiful, but relatively easy hike, the lake was stunning! A word of warning though, do not go into this lake unless you are willing to get leeches! we saw dozens of them while standing along the shore!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lake was cute. Called Bloodsucker for a reason - lots of hungry bugs. It is still wet in areas this July and requires a creek crossing near the beginning. A nice hike with some steady elevation gains. No switchbacks, but enough to get the heart pumping.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Easy hike down to falls.
hike back up was enough grade to get your heart going.
but overall a easy hike.
Falls were awesome!

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It was a beautiful hike. We enjoyed it. Nice views of Lake Tahoe and a beautiful flowing stream at the end.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This is a nice trail (s) with some beautiful sites. The only issue that we had was that there are many offshoots and nothing really marking the trail that I could see to help better guide us along the way. We originally planned this as a training run for my daughter to practice her cross country running, but is hard with out a clearly marked trail.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great hike near Ski Run blvd. Great views. Up and down rolling hills none too difficult. I would hike it again.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Awesome trail and views

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Difficult parking at the trail head. I wouldn't try this in the winter months when the trail is covered in snow. I did this is March and had a tough time following the map. Went off trail for most of it. Enjoyed a long break at the top with a little view of the lake. So nice to breath the fresh air.
First solo hike in a while.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

For snowshoeing , it is great place. 5.8mile with snowshoe is not easy, especially last uphill, but there are great reward, spectacular views. it is awesome.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

So when you first enter park to the right behind the sign the trail is across on your left

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice I close to SLT hike. More of a walk. Be sure to hit one of the rock outcroppings you get to first for good views. Otherwise more of a forest walk. burn and first Mgt. Make sure you make it to the stream 3/4 way in!

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Very easy hike, pretty lake.

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