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kathleen A.
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Hiking

We went closer to sunset so it was a nice temp. Parking is on the side of the road and it gets really busy. It was an easy walk and there were a lot of people on it mostly in large groups. Looked like there’s a couple nice spots to swim also!

Christi A.
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

Great hike! There is a bit of an uphill section but the scenery is worth it. Not very well marked once you get about a mile in so be mindful of checking the map! The only down side to the hike is having to cross the freeway!

Laurent G.
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HikingRocky

Need to come back and complete the trail. Just went to the river and back. The part we did was very pleasant.

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Danielle Anderson
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Hiking

This was a nice hike! Calcutta falls at the end was quite a treat. See if you can find the fig tree with golden roots! Plenty of offshots to the river with calm water spots.

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Everardo Sanchez
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HikingFeeOver grownRockyScramble

Make sure you have plenty of time to get lost because there’s so many trails that take you to the same place

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Molly Bolar
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Hiking

This was a great hike - it doesn’t include going down to the lake to get a good look at the spilling of Lake Clementine over the dam! Definitely a must, and so glad I took the path down! About 1/3 of the hike (after the lake) was uphill on the road the leads down to the lake, but ALL shade and hardly any traffic. There was no one else walking, only a few mountain bikers passed me. The last 1/3 was a few shortcut trails back to the end of the loop which again not much foot traffic and mostly shaded and nice! I think I passed 3 small groups of people. Soooo glad I went first thing int the morning. I was shocked when I came out of the trail as saw sooooo many people and cars! Go early... I finished this hike in about 3 hours and that was the detour to see the dam, so I think I could have done it in about 2.6 hours.

Desiree Diamond
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FeeGreat!RockyScramble

great hike! Definitely challenging for beginners, but the views and river make it worth the challenge. its about 2.4 miles down and then you have to climb that back up. Will definitely be tackling this one again.

Angela Good Borchert
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My 15yo daughter and I completed this hike on 7/1/20. We are both in pretty good shape, but this was a very challenging hike-especially the walk back up. I definitely recommend hiking shoes and plenty of water. The reward of being able to sit by the river at the bottom of the hike was well worth it. Not too many hikers during the middle of the week but I can see this being popular on a weekend.

Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Fun and pretty trail with a beautiful view of the dam. Enjoy!

Casey Brewer
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Down hill till the water then up hill back up. You can park on the road after the turn in for the trail.

Lauren Geier
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Hiking

We just did the trail along the canal and didn’t take the Cardiac Trail. But it was nice and mostly shaded, great view of the river.

S D
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Hiking

Took a 9.5 mile trek on the Quarry Trail and part of Brown’s Bar Trail (until the latter became a bit too overgrown to trust the passage). If you stay on Quarry Trail, it meets up with additional trails in the area. There are elevation changes, which makes this a moderate hike. I recommend starting earlier than 8am on a weekend because parking fills up fast ($10 in lots and along the roadway near Foresthill Bridge). If you park along Hwy 49 in El Dorado County, it is free. There were some runners on the trail this morning, but far fewer people than on the Clementine Trail or to trail Calcutta Falls. There is a good amount of shade along this hike. There’s also some poison oak on the edges of the trail.

Emily Mao
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HikingFeePrivate propertyRockyScramble

6/28/20 arrived in the parking area around 1pm.. paid the self registration and dropped info in box with $10 payment. there is a porta potty in the parking area which was surprisingly clean! I made sure I read reviews before arriving. the trail started aside a canal which started out from the parking lot which you definitely can't miss. you walk about almost a mile then that's when the decline starts and once it starts it goes drastically pretty quick. Me and my husband is pretty fit so we didn't struggle much but I do have knee issues so I made sure I wore knee braces which I'm so glad I did! took us about 85 mins to go down (we were taking our time). we did wear hiking shoes which I am so glad I did because there is a lot of rocky areas! it was about 85° today so it wasn't to bad at all. there is also a second porta potty when you arrive at the pioneer trail gate parking lot which is more towards the end of the trail. when we arrived to the river omg it was so beautiful!!!! we were so happy we wore out swim clothes underneath our hiking outfits. so we found a spot ate a small lunch then took a dip in the river. one thing I'd recommend is to make sure if you bring any snacks they are zipped away because a random dog came and ate our snacks! so just a fyi!!! other than that the river was amazing and it was totally worth the hike!!!! if you decide to come make sure you bring sunblock. there wasn't to much bugs throughout the trail at all. it took us about 50 mins to hike back up and to our car.

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Denise Zboralske
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Hiking

Pick up trail right from parking lot. Very easy to miss. Really pretty walking along the canal. Hike up is a great workout.

Trevor Stewart
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Hiking

Awesome trail. If you get there at a decent time in morning can park for free along highway instead of paying 10 bucks to park inside the recreational area. A bit of an extra walk in but you’re going there to walk anyway right? This trail was quite a workout but enjoyed getting down to the water and jumping in. Super refreshing. The hike back up is pretty strenuous, but satisfying once you reach the top. Great area, need to find maybe easier trails to take my young kids but for me this was awesome

Rayna Fambrini
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Hiking

Dogs loved it! Tough but great hike.. definitely lives up to the name.

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Aubrey Hess
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HikingFeeRocky

The way y'all describe it is an insane incline only passable by mountain goats. Not true, however, it is indeed kick in the butt! Worth it for some absolutely beautiful river access. Wear good shoes and watch your step as you should with any trail. Coming back up if you pace and take needed breaks you'll be fine! Visited here 6/24 and parked on the road. 10 fee for parking lot. Missed the trailhead for the Shirland Canal and walked down the paved road a bit but found an opening to Cardiac anyway. On the way back returned on canal route. Cardiac connects to pioneer express which leads down to the water. Absolutely gorgeous! Kick off your shoes and soak your hooves a while before making the trek back :)

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Sandra Ho
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HikingNo shade

It was a nice hike, but pretty crowded/busy. The waterfall was very small - just a trinkle. Most people weren’t social distancing or wearing masks.

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