Best trails in El Dorado Hills, California

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Looking for a great trail near El Dorado Hills, California? AllTrails has 9 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. You'll also find some great local park options, like Auburn State Recreation Area or Sly Park Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in El Dorado Hills ranging from 4.8 to 20.2 miles and from 433 to 1,010 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in El Dorado Hills, California
Top trails (9)
#1 - Darrington Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
#2 - Sweetwater Trail
Sweetwater Basin Wildlife Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
This is a nice moderate hiking trail with some short up and downs and one small creek. Parking fee: $10.00 There are a few rocks in the path but nothing difficult. Bikers use this trail as well. The hike comes out on Salmon falls road, about a mile south of the American River bridge. There is a small parking area there, so you can start on the end opposite the bridge if you would like. Also, if you cross Sweetwater creek at the end of the trail, and then forge your way across the lake bed (that is usually dry in the summer) you will find a paved parking area. It is probably only 1/4 mile from the end of Sweetwater. This is another Folsom Lake recreation area, but is much less known and used than the one at the bridge. At one end of the parking lot is a hiking only trail. Watch out for Poison Oak!Show more
#3 - Red Bank to Brown's Ravine Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Scenic dirt trail starts at Mormon Island Cove and ends at the trailhead at the entrance to Brown’s Ravine where there are picnic tables, water and restrooms. Currently no signage exists for this trail. The trail is 3.8 miles out & back, or half that if you have a vehicle waiting for you at Brown's Ravine. The entire trail is within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (FLSRA) and is open to pedestrians, bikers and equestrians. Dogs must be on leash. Enter the FLSRA at Sophia Pkwy and Green Valley Rd, or do the trail in reverse by starting at Brown's Ravine. There's a parking lot within the FLSRA (off Green Valley Rd near Sophia Pkwy) which requires a day-use pass. Or you can park for free on Sophia Pkwy (near the AM-PM). Red Bank is the underwater community at Mormon Island Cove that surfaces in times of drought. Many people are mistaken in their belief that Red Bank was the town known as Mormon Island. But Mormon Island was at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the American River - about 1 mile west of Mormon Island Cove. The Mormon Island townsite, which had a population of about 2,500 people in the mid 1850's, is not likely to surface unless the lake were to become completely dry. Six weeks after the initial discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, a small group of Mormons who came to California as part of the Mormon Battalion began mining for gold at a place they would soon call Mormon Island. It was one of the earliest mining camps set up after the initial gold discovery. Red Bank was a smaller community, but had a mine, a winery, and eventually a dairy. It also included a few orchards and ranches nearby. In its heyday, the Red Bank Winery produced 40,000 gallons of wine and 7,000 gallons of brandy every year. During a drought year, many of the structures you can see in the Red Bank area were part of a water distribution system. The Natoma Company was formed in 1851 to provide water to miners and agricultural interests. They used a complex system of canals, ditches and flumes - referred to as the Natoma Ditch. The water was diverted from the South Fork of the American River at Salmon Falls where the company built a dam in 1852. What looks like a former a tree-lined road in Red Bank was actually part of the ditch system. The Natoma Ditch provided water for farms, orchards and vineyards - allowing for permanent settlement of the area.Show more
#4 - Skunk Hallow via South Fork American River Trail
Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m
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#5 - Monte Vista and New York Creek Trails
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#6 - Browns Ravine South Shore Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 4 m
#7 - Monte Vista Loop
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#8 - Mormon Island Browns Ravine Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
#9 - Darrington Trail to Peninsula
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 20.2 mi • Est. 9 h 18 m