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hiking
1 day ago

I wouldn’t say it’s moderate. Definitely be in shape for this trail. It’s steep and both ways will hurt. The trail and river used to be beautiful before it got burned out by forest fire so it’s really not worth the trouble. Too bad

Did about 10 miles of this trail this past weekend. Nice trail, lots of shade. Got a good workout from the long descent (about 2.5 miles) which bottoms out at the river (bridge) then did another 2.5 miles ascending away from the river before we turned back as it started getting warm.

Only downside was the mosquitoes which were out in full force especially in the shade. We used a lot of deet and picaridin, but it wasn’t enough to keep them away. Would advise anyone to cover well and maybe use those weird hats with veil/netting I see some hikers wear if you don’t want mosquitoes constantly in your face and eyes and biting.

Overall nice trail, would do it again.

Still one of my favorites!! Tried some new trails this year and finally got back to this one for the first time this season! It's perfect for all fitness levels. I usually run it and feel safe doing so. The bikers are courteous and usually make their presence known! It is pretty much all brown now, but still lovely. Half sun and half shade. Some poison oak, but the trail is clean, clear and well marked!

Nice trail. Watch out for bikers.

Tough trail in parts with steeper climbs and downed trees, but worth it for beautiful views of the American River.

Trail itself I’d consider moderate. I’d highly recommend if you want to hike, to NOT take this trail in the park. 99% of people on this trail are mountain bikers that will mow you down. So irritating every five minutes having to jump in bushes to accommodate them and even more difficult if you have a dog. If you’re a mountain biker, great trail for you. Just be considerate that people hike this and you can seriously injure them if you don’t call out your presence before hand.

Went on an overnight out and back backpacking trip, camping about 7 miles in, near a creek crossing on Deadwood Ridge. The trail was definitely challenging but had no other redeeming qualities, other than a nice creek to rest at early on the trail. The trail is well shaded, but because of that there are few opportunities for good views. The trail was well graded and appreciated at first, but I found it to be monotonous after crossing El Dorado Creek, relentlessly marching up the side of the mountain. In addition, the trail going up towards the ridge was very narrow. There were few places to take a break. On the ridge, there were few good places to camp. I would not recommend the place I camped (creek crossing along ridge), I was running out of daylight. If I had more time I would have backed up a half mile and camped at the water pump. If you want to camp closer to the trailhead, there is at least one good spot (probably more) along El Dorado Creek.

I did not encounter any bears on my trip. That was a good thing because I forgot to put all my food in the bear canister. The food was not touched.

Some folks have mentioned parking issues but I had no problems parking at the end of the pavement, about 0.2 mile before the trailhead.

This trail is best for trail runners. Lots of elevation change and consistent grades. If I was trail running I would rate it 4 stars. I would not recommend for backpacking except as an early season shake-out.

This listing is pretty mislabeled. This is a part of the Western States Trail and this portion should be labeled Michigan Bluff to Last Chance. Since you are going in and out of 2 canyons I would also label as Hard. Especially if you're backpacking and have a pretty heavy pack.
Here are some things we learned: There is no parking next to the trail head. We parked next to the old cemetery and the Michigan Bluff monument. We left our car for 3 days and it seemed fine. We talked to some locals when we got back to our car. They thought we were just going out and let us know about several locals recently losing dogs to mountain lions.
BRING BEAR SPRAY. It is also a good idea to have a bear bell and make plenty of noise on the trial. We saw a lot of trail runners out so the trail is well traveled. You will also do a lot of stream crossing depending on how much it has rained recently and how much snow is still melting.
Trail breakdown: 2.5 miles in is entirely downhill and takes you to the first bridge and river. Almost 6 miles from the trail head and just before Deadwood Cemetery you will find a decent place to camp. For an even better place to camp and a little more walking, head on to an established spot between Deadwood and Devil's Thumb. There is a great area with a picnic bench and water pump with potable water (if we had gotten an earlier start on day one we would have camped here). Ditch your pack at the water pump to lighten your load and make your way to Devil's Thumb. A closer look shows that it is not one big rock but many rocks. Head down the canyon from Devil's Thumb to get to the swinging bridge. Lots of switchbacks but the pay off is worth it.
What we did:
Day one: hiked in and camped right before Deadwood.
Day two: packed up and ditched packs at Deadwood. Made way to water pump and filled up. Hiked all the way down to the swinging bridge and had lunch. Made our way out of the canyon back to our belongings. We then hiked down to Eldorado Canyon (aka 2.5 miles from trail head) and made our camp near river in an established spot.
Day three: hiked out.
Things I wish I had known:
-how steep the trail was
-the amount of mountain lion and bear activity in the area
-how bad the ticks are
-the different points of entry for the trail and the relative location of established camping spots
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I know this review is long, but I'm hoping it helps someone who is looking at this trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Upper portions of the trail havent been cleared of trees felled after the 2008 fire. Lots of obstacles. Not the grand and mysterious an entrance to the canyon as Mumford Bar. Steep cutbacks. Kind of blunt descent.

The directions take you to someone’s drive way lol . They was not very happy to see me . Run this trail in reverse and do not try to park at Michigan Bluff .

I only went in about 3.5 and then headed back up the mountain cause I didn't want to be out there in the dark but still a great hike! Beautiful views, will have to go and do the entire thing!

I accidentally drove down the gravel road in search of the trailhead (blindly following my phone's directions), and one of the homeowners along the road was not happy with me. Back at the end of the paved road, there were a lot of "no parking" signs, so finding a spot can be confusing.
The trail is challenging, but you can make it as long or short as you want. As I increased elevation, I got swarmed by bugs, which was rather unpleasant. I only saw two people in the five hours I was out there.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Great hike! Some elevation changes that get your heart going, but nothing too crazy. Offers ample opportunity for rest between hills. Everything is brown now, but still lovely and serene. This is a shared trail with bikers, so be aware!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Awesome first time hiking!

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Great hike if you're looking to improve stamina or simply get some miles under your belt. But, as others have said... its a kinda boring hike, especially this time of year - the wildflowers have already had their time, you see the same trees, poison oak, etc. Hearing the somewhat-busy road during several points of the hike was less than desirable but overall a nice hike.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Hiked. The trail is very clear and well maintained, but it's a boring hike with very little. scenery. A good portion of it has tree cover, but you'll see the same trail and trees for 11 miles. The trail also cross the road twice, and follows the road close enough to see and hear cars for a section of it. Given how well maintained it is you'll need to keep an eye and ear out for mountain bikers as well. It makes a good trail to get a workout, but there a plenty of other good trails if you're trying to find a more secluded hike in auburn/foresthill. I'd recommend one of the longer American Canyon Creek Falls routes with some additional time along the rive for a comparable trail

My husband, the dog, and I hiked this trail planning to make it all the way to swinging Bridge and camp. We made it to El Dorado Canyon and decided that was good enough. The good: no one out there, easy to find, lots of free parking at trailhead, firewood abound, and a couple creeks to access water. The bad: tons of mosquitos and the elevation changes. The uphill climb out of there left us pretty damn sore.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

This is a really well maintained and easy to follow trail definitely more moderate than hard (no steep inclines, no scrambling over rocks, no stream crossings). More than anything it's just long. Great for spring when everything is lush and green and the wildflowers are blooming. But don't expect too many grand views or sweeping panoramas. This trail could have those things, but most of the time the great potential views are obstructed by dense vegetation so it's a little frustrating to walk the trial and know that great views are there, but just out of reach. This trail also weaves its way around the highway so there's long stretches of the trail where you'll be hearing highway noise. And speaking of the highway, this isn't totally apparent from just looking at the overview map, but you'll have to cross the highway (like actually run across the road dodging cars Frogger style) TWICE in order to complete the full loop. So if you're looking for nature immersion or to get away from it all this might not be the trail for you. Basically, do this trail of you want the exercise of a long solid day hike and don't mind running across highways or hearing cars or not having too many views. If you're looking for sightseeing or to be one with nature this ain't it.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great trail! Good for a walk or a run. The trail is well groomed. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. A few muddy spots, but nothing crazy. I wouldn't call this a "hard" hike. There is some elevation change, but it's slow and gradual. The most difficult part would be the length. Watch out for bikers.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

I highly enjoyed this trail. I highly recommend doing this trail in the spring as the wildflowers are abundant and the water is running. Nice views, and its a great interval workout. See my full review and hike here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hd_qX37mt4

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Fun loop with lots of good views. It's a shared trail so you do have to deal with some downhill bikers. Seemed to drag on a bit at the end. We went counterclockwise on the trail. At Divers rest, about halfway, the trail was hard to pickup.

trail running
Saturday, April 08, 2017

This is a fantastic trail run. Great single track pretty much the whole way. No major water crossings and the trail stays relatively dry even when it rains (good drainage) There are great hills that gradually increase (no extreme inclines/declines) but the hills are still challenging. My only negative is bike traffic.

Trail was strenuous at best. (2,000 ft elevation gain in 2 miles). In total, there was about 2 scenic views. I don't recommend this trail to anyone who does not run 10 miles a week. It took 6 hours to do about 7 miles. I would not recommend this trail to anyone who is looking for a fun, scenic trip. Next time I'll do something in Tahoe.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This is a perfect Springtime hike - everything is green, there's water trickling in the streams and the flowers are abloom. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much in the heat and dull foliage of summer. Beware - poison oak is prolifically scattered throughout the entirety of the hike. The well maintained trail winds through lovely sections of manzanita, oaks and ferns with the occasional tree-filtered panorama and periodic sections of open meadow. There were several mountain bikers out, but everyone encountered was very courteous. There are sections of this trail that are in close proximity to a fairly heavily trafficked road. The noise is a bit of a distraction from the beauty, but I wouldn't skip the hike because of it.

Don't forget your parks pass or be prepared to pay the $10 day use fee.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Liked the trail .

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

great trail, beautiful scenery. crosses foresthill road a couple times though.

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Loved this trail! It was nice to get out after several weeks of rain.. and the trail was beautifully kept. It's a great balance of hills, flat, and downhill terrain so it can work for all ages.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Great 11 miler. Beautiful

It's a beautiful place and easy to get to with any kind of car. You park on the paved road Michigan Bluff and the walk up the bottom of the gravel road that goes past houses and leads you to the start of the trail.Took this trail because it seemed to the much more lightly trafficked than the other trails that are also close to the Sacramento area in these woods. The other trail heads I passed by while driving up there had a good amount of cars parked considering it was a Thursday afternoon.

I don't think I've ever seen so many manzanitas so big and all grouped together. That was really cool. The forest looks healthy and you probably won't see anyone. Could hear some pretty big wildlife walking around.

There were a couple of scenic views. Nice but not epic. The trail starts off down hill and you keep going down for a long time so plan to give enough time to walk back up. I didn't go but a couple miles in and back as my dog ended having a problem with her leg and I had to carry her back. The trail is a good definition of moderate. Not too easy, not too strenuous but still a workout.

Although it was pretty the lack of variety in scenery makes me more likely to find a different trail to try the next time I'm in the Tahoe national mountains.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

go clockwise and you'll appreciate it. it has some very steep inclines. county vector control was out while we were hiking and showed us why you should put on deet before hiking. their is high probability of lime disease ticks. this is always a risk.
this is a good trail and some decent views. a great workout.

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