Looking for a great trail in El Dorado National Forest, California? AllTrails has 83 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 50 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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This was an epic, but very challenging, three summit journey. The “trail” between the peaks is quite steep and poorly maintained. At times, I felt like I was scree skiing.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty nice trail. It was cold in the morning and lots of smoke today. Completed this trail in four hours with a decent pace. The swim holes are cool and lots of places to catch some rays. The trail was pretty wooded so the scenic view were limited to the later part of the trail.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
5 days ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Very nice trail. Incline almost the entire way so be prepared. I got there early so parking was no problem. It seemed that most people arrived between 830 and 930. I was the second person on the trail and passed about 24 while I was coming back down. I went this past Sunday and snow wasn’t an issue on 10.6.19

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked this first weekend of October. Beautiful conditions. Started at 0800 and only a couple of cars in the lot. Ran into about 15 people on the way down. Not difficult, but strenuous because of the altitude and elevation. Trail very well maintained. Fantastic views at the top. Some scrambling over rocks the last 200 yards to the summit, and otherwise trail is easy to follow. Took five hours round trip, maintaining a slow pace and taking a long lunch break.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Fun hike along the stream. Markings clear on partial trail; some “choose your own adventure” portions over big boulders. Shoes with good grip needed for the last 0.5 mile out to the falls.

nice easy gentle grade all the way up, great views on top.

hiking
10 days ago

Perfect hike to take the kids on. We started at 12:50, made it to the top by 1:45. Were were all done and back in the car by 3:30. My 8 year old daughter ran a lot of the trail and my 5 year old kept up fine. As for traffic, we saw two other hikers and maybe 6 people on mountain bikes. If you don’t have kids then this is a easy hike with tremendous payoff. You have great views of Pyramid Peak, Ralston Peak, Trimmer Peak and Freel Peak. You could hike up in under 30 minutes. Here are a few tips for planning: The trail head is on the Camp Sacramento property past all the cabins. This means that during the summer months you might be able to park up there. However, they closed today so we had to park just down the hill where is is 3 maybe 4 parking spots. If those are full then you can park across the very busy and fast Highway 50. Bring bug spray because there are some creeks on the trail. Water attracts mosquitoes. This is a popular mountain bike trail so if that’s your thing then there’s that option as well.

I loved the views but had snow on part of the trail right before the main rock, where you see the whole valley and lakes. I was too afraid to walk the narrow, slippery trail with the most views. Struggled to make the whole loop because had new hiking shoes on that gave me blisters, so make sure you get shoes that are comfy and long socks that protect your ankles. The other thing I did not like is that we parked on one part of the loop (Thunder Mountain) but when we finish we ended up at horse Canyon and we had to walk another mile down on sidewalk of the freeway 88 where the cars drive too close to the narrow sidewalk, since it was my first time, it kicked my butt. If I do it again, will try to do half loop.

Came in to trail head off ice house road via the Forest Service Road 36. There is a small camp ground where the trail head starts. Parking availability just outside the campground area. Seems to be the quickest route to the site. Didn’t do the loop hike, rather took the short cut to the wreckage areas. I followed another users recording and their locations were spot on. Unfortunately I didn’t start recording until .8 miles into the hike, so the total distance we hiked was 4.1 miles. The plane is in really great shape for being there since 1941. The wreckage sites are all within a couple hundred yards of each other. Well worth checking out this site. So much history.

hiking
off trail
11 days ago

Great trail even with the water way done. Spring is way better but still a great hike. There is a trail to the top of the falls to the left of the bottom of the falls.

hiking
11 days ago

Short, easy hike. Despite other reviews, it was not crowded on the October Saturday morning I went.

hiking
snow
11 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Trail is great, spectacular views, a little closer to Sacramento than Tahoe proper. Trail is in good shape but not marked especially well. Just know that you have to wrap around the right side of the giant granite slab near the bottom of the hike and then scramble up some rocky portions to get to the falls. We took a 10-year-old dog and...well...we could practically hear her muttering “I’m too old for this @$#%!” Watch your footing near the falls and enjoy the view!!

backpacking
13 days ago

Took this trail from east end (off eleven pines rd) trail was completely overgrown and washed out from steep grade and no maintenance for what seems like 10 years. Trail starts in private property (per one sign found on the ground) and continues down steep hillsides that are very loose and leaf covered, buddy and I both took some decent spills. Took us 5 hrs to reach the river (even with GPS) at camp and broken bridge. Once at camp we were able to find an amazing spot with sandy spots for 3 tents. managed to cross the river fairly easy as flow was low and found 2 more camp sites towards pilot creek. Amazing spot with total privacy, will definitely be back in summer to visit the numerous swimming spots. We hiked out the west end of the trail and luckily caught a ride to our car on eleven pines end. In conclusion, DO NOT take trail from east side unless you plan to brush whack and stay on trail with a GPS otherwise you will easily get lost from all the game/hunting trails

off road driving
over grown
13 days ago

This trail is a fun level fire road through the Forrest. It does get tight at times so be prepared for pinstripes. Got some nice views at the beginning of the trail but we did this as a night run. It was really hard to stay on track and we had to double back a couple times. part of the trail is so over grown you can't make it through but the side trail connects back up. very hard to follow and on our way home we got hit with white out snow blizzard conditions. Took it slow and got down the mountain.

Always a great hike in and out. Beautiful weather this time of year. There's really no way you can get lost.

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