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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.

Distance: 15.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

hiking
1 day ago

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!

hiking
5 days ago

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.

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

This is an easy trail with nice views. Make sure you go early to avoid the worst of the sun and to get there before the mountain bikes!

hiking
20 days ago

Love this trail. Would forever recommend this trail to everyone. I would consider this a moderate to hard trail. This trail is dog and kid friendly. There’s always a lot of mountain bikers and families who hike here. The conditions of the trail vary, but are mostly pretty rocky with a narrow path. The views are worth the hike!

hiking
21 days ago

Went for an evening hike. Pros: Great view of the river and lake at sunset. Enough shade on a hot day. Easy hiking. Cons: Lots of poison oak. Rattlesnake just off the trail; was coiled and ready to strike, and skunks in the way out.

1 month ago

I would say easy...just long. there is shade on and off...

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail, but I've fallen here many times. MTB

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Trail was great! Parked at the bridge and went in about 4 miles and turned around. Unfortunately lots of poison oak. Even more ticks. Big honkin dudes. 3 on me, 4 on my dog. Do a really thorough check when ASAP when you are done

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Nice trail, only did 6 miles but it was good. Not much shade and it was hot out but overall easy! Official parking is closed but there’s a place to park close by across the bridge

mountain biking
1 month ago

The parking lot is still closed, but if you park elsewhere you can still access the trail. I did a section of this trail today for my first ride on my mountain bike and it was awesome!! gorgeous views.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails for mountain biking! I noticed the AllTrails page says closed, however this area is not on the list of temporarily closed state parks. The PARKING LOT is closed, but the trail should be fine. I will check it out later and report back. Edit: Parking lot is closed but it is open. Coming from green valley, there is a nice stretch of gravel on the side of the road before the bridge to park on. Parked there, rode and few hundred feet across and into the trail!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Best trail EVER! Took me around 6 hours to complete the full 16 mile hike. Beautiful views and clear paths. Dog and bike friendly. Would definitely recommend to anyone who’s up for the challenge.

hiking
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

I highly recommend doing this trail on a cold day like today. The trail was in perfect condition and there was hardly anyone on it outside of a few mountain bikers who were extremely courteous on the narrow paths. The trail itself is very well maintained. It's not the most scenic hike due to the barbwire fences here and there or the houses across the river but it didn't detract from the enjoyment for me. The mansions were quite a thing to marvel at while eating lunch on the river bank.

recorded Darrington Trail

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great dirt after the rains. Trail is in good condition. Watch for wet roots, they can be slippery if you’re not used to ridding them.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Smaller width trail for most so watch out for the mountain bikers, especially if you bring your pup!

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail and can be pretty rocky in some stretches. Some shady spots, some sunny spots. Not too many inclines. There can be some areas the trail is quite narrow and the mountain bikers can barely squeeze by you but no big deal. We did about 5 miles round-trip in about two hours. It was in the mid70s in October when we did the hike but it felt hotter in the direct sun. There is a $10 cash only fee to park in the parking lot at the trail head. Nothing real exciting to see but some good views of the lake.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike offering a diversity of terrain! Really long we didn’t make it to the end, but would highly recommend to anyone with endurance.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty spectacular for jogging or working on hiking speed. Lots of open areas so make sure to bring extra liquids. Side note, last marked section of this trail(.7 miles down to the lake) is not worth doing. Head to the campground or stop by the lake on another section of the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
Sun Apr 28 2019

hiking
over grown
Sun Apr 21 2019

Just had a great day running out there. As of 21 April after a wet winter, no problems with puddles or standing water, 1-2 tricky but okay water crossings. BUT I did start all the way from Peninsula Campground Area on Rattlesnake Bar Road, and the first 0.5-1.0 miles were EXTREMELY overgrown (took my chances bushwhacking on the side of the hill rather than risk Lyme disease and snakes on the "trail".) Other than that, fantastic day with sometimes rocky but otherwise good trail conditions. Thanks to the folks on here who warned about standing water in winter/early spring.

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Great running trail, but be careful with your footing as there are a lot of rocks. I used the trail for Spartan race training so I’m a bit used to it. Granted, I still hit rocks awkwardly every time. Nothing to technical on foot, and not a ton of elevation if you’re looking for some hill training. Most of the larger hills are deeper into the run, probably a good 6 miles, so unless you plan to run 12 miles, don’t expect too much elevation. In 7.8 miles, I got in 567 feet elevation. Still, a gem of a walk, hike, running trail with some nice views to boot

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