Trails in Northern California

Trails in Northern California

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June 08, 2014

El Dorado Trail Ch 3

El Dorado Trail "section 3" stretches between 

Missouri Flat Road 

and Forni Road in Placerville, CA.

You will cross this trestle too!

Equestrians, strollers, wheelchairs, runners, hikers, walkers, and bicyclists all come to enjoy this paved section of the famous El Dorado Trail.  There are benches along the way and exercise equipment is staged every so often.

Distance:  I clocked 5.7 miles.  Allow a couple of hours depending on your pace.
Difficulty:  Easy depending on your mode of travel and how much energy you put into it.  The hills are rolling, the path smooth, and there is enough shade.  The benches help break it up with little rests if you wish.
Driving Directions:  Take the Missouri Flat Road exit at Placerville.  Head south.  When you see the Walmart on your right, stay in the left lane.  As soon as there is a middle lane look for the parking on the left, as shown below:

There are vault toilets near the jail-side parking shown below:

From Missouri Flat Road, turn left onto Forni.  There is limited parking there as you can see.  

Here are some photos I took along the trail:
Morning walkers along the El Dorado Trail
An exercise stop along the El Dorado Trail
Wildflowers along the El Dorado Trail
A narrow section of the El Dorado Trail
El Dorado Trail trestle
Weber Creek, Placerville, CA
Bring water and a snack.  I did not see any poison oak along this section of the trail.
Happy Trails!

For another section of this trail, see El Dorado Trail
and Trails by Location for more hikes.