Darrington Trail is a 15.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near El Dorado Hills, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length15.7 miElevation gain1,374 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeNo shade
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Misty Sheldon
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Auzenda Swanson
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HikingGreat!

loved this trail, went from the old bridge to salmon falls bridge. Easy took a 8 yr old and alot of mossy trees and creek along the way. Probably hot in the summer.

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Arthur G.
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Great trail! Some fallen trees but it was amazing. Loved it!

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Lisa Forbes
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Marcy B!
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HikingFeeGreat!

Due to the extremely low water level in Folsom Lake, many of the ruins were visible to enjoy. It’s easy to cross from Darrington to Sweetwater when the old bridge (usually underwater) is exposed.

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Tony Giancoli
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gorgeous,rocky, wear good hiking shoes

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Judy Benson
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Denise L
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Trina Caton
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AllTrails User
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Trail was fine but ticks ticks ticks and more ticks. Trail was overgrown and narrow but clearly marked.

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Matthew Brown
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Katy Rector
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Great trail. Hiked in a light drizzle. Rocky and uphill to start. Hiked about 1.5 in with 4 year old. Can’t wait to go further. Beautiful views.

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Steve crook
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Dan Richardson
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Great hike. Nice blend of river views, elevation, meadows, hillsides.

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Elizabeth Key
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This was a beautiful trail and we'll kept for hiking. Don't stop at the call box, it only gets nicer after it. I made it a point to point because I was pressed for time. you can park one car off rattlesnake bar rd at the campsite and hike to there.

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Mary McGann
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John Metcalfe
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Mountain bikingGreat!Rocky

Gorgeous single track, sections super rocky, amazing river scenery

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Terri Jones
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Perfect time of the year to go for a bike ride It is pretty rocky

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Russell Dudinski
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Amir Ganic
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Fun trail with great views. It is fairly rocky and does have a few challenging parts, but the trail is fairly flat and none of the climbs are long. My favorite trail to get in a quick weekday mtb ride after work. Some bushes are overgrown and there are branches sticking out in a few tight sections, may not be a bad idea to wear eye protection.

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Shane Smith
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Some little challenging hill climbs, but not to bad on a mountain bike. Couple cool rock outcroppings. Great view whole trail.

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Mark Estrada
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Definitely a rough trail, a lot of rock beds. No need to go further than the call box as the trail gets really rough ahead but it is one to experience.

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Derek Cowan
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Tara Hannickel
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Hung Bui
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Nice trail, pretty rocky at the beginning and end since it's in and back out. Has a few technical sections throughout the trail it self. Single trails were pretty fun.

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Kristina Cheng
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Nice dirt trail, relatively flat and easy. Relaxing in the summer, but river and foliage was pretty dried up. Imagine it’ll be pretty beautiful in spring/fall when flowers are in bloom and water levels are higher.

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Chris Nguyen
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Beautiful trail! Wildflowers galore. Hike early to beat the heat and the crowds. Recommend a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Watch out for bikes. Happy hiking!

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Natasha Nand
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Parking: if you are an early bird like me and want to start at 6am, there’s parking next to the bridge. I believe paid parking lot opens around 7am. The entire trail is beautiful. Partial trail has some shade, is rocky and is occasionally narrow. Take plenty of water though. On trail: hikers, runners, dogs, horses and bikers. Don’t forget bug spray. There’s no benches along the trail and at the destination.

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