El Dorado Trail from Smithflat

EASY 31 reviews
#1 of 1 trails in

El Dorado Trail from Smithflat is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Placerville, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1033 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
11 days ago

Great starter trail. No tech req. Start early in summer.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Nice relatively flat easy hike. Beautiful wild flowers. Picturesque views of the hills. Easy parking.

2 months ago

My daughter and her boyfriend used this app. and they used it for hiking...worked great for them!

hiking
2 months ago

Better for bikes

3 months ago

great views, lots of shade & benches along the way.

4 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

Great walk, nice trail good views

7 months ago

So beautiful! Nice cool pools along the way to cool off by. Beautiful scenery.

8 months ago

Good little walk, dogs loved it (:

8 months ago

It's a good trail to stretch your legs but with so many houses on the trail the outdoor appeal is just ok. I did love seeing the horses and deer on this trail.

mountain biking
9 months ago

road biking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Sunday, August 14, 2016

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

walking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

To say that this trail is "#1 of 1 in Lumsden Park" is an extreme stretch. It's nowhere near Lumsden Park. The "directions" took me to a dead-end road where a school is, so I updated Google maps to Lumsden Park, which was on the opposite side of the freeway and is fairly small with very little parking, and there aren't even road signs to the park. I asked some locals at the park and they said the trail isn't in Lumsden, but since it's a long trail there are many places to park and join it. Since it took me an hour to drive to Placerville I was determined to find the El Dorado Trail. I finally drove around and parked on the corner of where Jacquier Rd turns into Smith Flat Road, which is at the beginning/end of the trail. I spent so much time trying to find it that by the time I did, I barely was able to walk the trail because it was over 90 degrees. I'll go back and walk it now that I know where it's at, but the wrong details and directions made it very frustrating.

Thursday, June 16, 2016