Best trails in El Dorado National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in El Dorado National Forest, California? AllTrails has 94 great hiking trails, 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 55 moderate trails in El Dorado National Forest ranging from 0.7 to 25.3 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 - Horsetail Falls Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
PLEASE NOTE: As of May 2020, the trailhead parking lot is closed due to COVID-19. Parking along Highway 50 and/or in private cabin parking spaces is illegal. Doing so will result in tickets from CHP. Show more
#2 - Bassi Falls
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 4 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 muchShow more
#3 - Lake Margaret Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Permits not required for overnight use, though a Campfire permit is required for fires (wood, gas, or charcoal burning). Show more
#4 - Ralston Peak Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
The thigh-burner of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Ralston rewards intrepid day-hikers with stunning mountain overlooks. There are many sights to wonder over as you snake eastward along US-50 towards Lake Tahoe, buShow more
#5 - Lyons Creek Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 30 m
Lyons Creek Trail is a 12.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, caShow more
#6 - Wrights Lake to Enchanted Pools
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Note: Due to COVID-19 measures, parking lot next to the trailhead is closed so you’ll need to park in the main parking lot about a mile out. The trail after Twin Lakes branches off is almost non exisShow more
#7 - 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
Grouse, Hemlock, and Smith Lake Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primariShow more
#8 - Caples Creek Loop Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
Caples Creek Loop Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kyburz, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#9 - Granite & Hidden Lakes Trail
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Granite & Hidden Lakes Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kit Carson, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rShow more
#10 - Thunder Mountain Summit
El Dorado National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Thunder Mountain Summit is a 7.6 mile out and back trail located near Kirkwood, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.Show more
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