Hiking near Placerville, California

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The Monroe Ridge Trail
The Monroe Ridge Trail
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, California, United States (7.3 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Enjoy a 2.3-mile hike in the hills above historical Coloma in Marshall Gold Discovery Historical State Park

This nice hike starts on the other side of Hwy 49 from the parking lot ($8 for day use) and is a nice introduction to some history of the area. The trail is fairly steep at the beginning but will soon level out and become more enjoyable. You can bring a lunch and stop at one of the two picnic tables along the trail to enjoy the views and listen...
Dave Moore Loop Trail
Dave Moore Loop Trail
Lotus, California, United States (8.8 miles away)
 
1.1 mile trail near Lotus, California

This little gem of a trail highlights not only some of the wonderful flora of the area, but a little of the gold mining history as well.
Jenkinson Lake & Sly Park: fun for all seasons
Jenkinson Lake & Sly Park: fun for all seasons
Pollock Pines, California, United States (13.3 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.5 miles, Half day
Summer boating, fall colors, winter snowshoeing, and spring waterfalls make this El Dorado park enjoyable year round

The trails around Jenkinson Lake can be visited on horseback, mountain bike and foot. This guide, however, is going to focus on hiking. The full route, if you go all the way around, is just over 8 miles. With the continuous ups and downs it can feel like a lot further though. The total elevation change is insignificant but the small "whoopdedoos"...
University Falls on Pilot Creek
University Falls on Pilot Creek
Quintette, California, United States (14.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.6 miles, Half day
5.6 mile trail near Georgetown and Quintette, California

University Falls is located on Pilot Creek. The hike is about 5.6 miles long and located near Quintette, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 3-5 hours. University Falls are a group of small waterfalls on Pilot Creek. The falls and adjacent pools provide some of the best natural water slides and swimming holes in Northern...
Quarry Trail
Quarry Trail
Auburn State Recreation Area, California, United States (17.9 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Walk along the river where the historic railway once traveled and end up at a stunning amphitheater of carved limestone

This great hike along the Middle Fork of the American River ends in a spectacular amphitheater of sheer limestone walls rising around you. Enjoy the natural beauty of the American river canyon and also pass by an enormous cave that was the site of both paleontologic excavations and more mining activities. Learn about the plants and animals present...
Easy Hike to Black Hole Of Calcutta Falls
Easy Hike to Black Hole Of Calcutta Falls
Cool, California, United States (18.2 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.1 miles, 1-3 hours
2.1 mile trail near Auburn, California (also near Sacramento, Cool, and Placerville)

This easy hike to Black Hole Of Calcutta Falls is about 2.1 miles round trip stroll located near Cool, California. The trail is great for walking and normally takes 1-3 hours. The trail is also used by an occasional horse and rider. Black Hole Of Calcutta Falls flows year-round. The waterfall can provide a respite from the sun. It's a nice place...
Lake Clementine Loop Via Trail & Unmarked Riverbank Route
Lake Clementine Loop Via Trail & Unmarked Riverbank Route
Auburn, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
4.6 mile trail near Auburn, Placerville, and Sacramento, California

Lake Clementine Loop Via Trail & Unmarked Riverbank Route is about 4.6 miles long and located near Auburn, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This route takes the easy trail from the Old Foresthill Bridge underneath the New Foresthill Bridge to the Lake Clementine dam.  The return route is somewhat strenuous...
Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge
Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge
Auburn State Recreation Area, California, United States (18.2 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.5 miles, 1 hour or less
Enjoy views of the Middle Fork American River Canyon on this easy walk across the historic arched cement bridge

This short walk brings you up to and then across the Mountain Quarries RailRoad Bridge, which was the longest concrete arch railroad bridge in the world when it was built in 1912. Enjoy great views of the Middle Fork American River Canyon and marvel at what was a fantastic feat of construction for its time. The triple span bridge was built by the...
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The Monroe Ridge Trail
by chris on Oct 25, 2010
Coloma, California, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles (7.3 miles away)
The parking lot at Gold Discovery State Park was completely vacant, and there were no trail signs, which made getting started a bit difficult. After ending up at a junkyard and a dead end we finally managed to find the trailhead (it was well marked, a little further up the road).The 2.3-mile Monroe Trail was delightful and sprinkled with several nice picnic areas with some great views.  Before we knew it we...
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Red Shack Trail
by gcdaggett on Jan 04, 2011
Placerville, California, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles (3.2 miles away)
    This trail, on an old road, drops some 800ft in under a mile and a half  to deliver you to the beautiful South Fork of the American River.  Thanks to the American River Conservancy who acquired this land and turned it over to the BLM for public access.Parking is obvious and ample for several vehicles in a small parking lot right off the road.
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Dog walk along the paved El Dorado trail in Placerville
by Athonia on Oct 18, 2009
Motor City, California, United States
Hiking | 3.1 miles (2.9 miles away)
Old bridge ruins under water in American River NF Photo
Mountain Quarries Bridge Photo
Mountain Quarries Bridge plaque Photo
American River heading to Lake Folsom Photo
Training Hill Tr/Pig Farm Tr Loop
by cougr on Sep 11, 2011
Auburn, California, United States
Hiking | 2.9 miles (18.2 miles away)
Steep climb up Training Hill Tr from American River Confluence towards Cool. Pig Farm Tr is an easy down hill finish to this loop.
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El Dorado trail west hike (Placerville)
by Athonia on Dec 14, 2009
Placerville, California, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles (0.4 miles away)
Toyon Photo
Middle Fork of the river Photo
On the trail with our guide Photo
Middle Fork of the river Photo
Quarry Trail
by chris on Oct 26, 2010
Auburn, California, United States
Hiking | 3.5 miles (17.9 miles away)
Eric Peach was nice enough to lead us on an interpretive walk of the Quarry Trail in Auburn State Recreation Area.  During this 3.5-mile round-trip hike he explained the history of the quarry and the area, native plants and wildlife, and answered our many questions about the Quarry and its history.
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El Dorado Trail east hike (Placerville)
by Athonia on Nov 14, 2009
Placerville, California, United States
Hiking | 6.8 miles (2.9 miles away)
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Robyn and Nia hike to Forebay lake
by Athonia on Jun 25, 2009
Pollock Pines, California, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles (11.0 miles away)
Rose, Norman, Dori, The bo Jindo dog, Jackie, Jerry Photo
Random bicyclist Photo
Dori & Jackie and the latest REI scuttlebutt Photo
The Beau Jindo dog Photo
Placerville to Camino on the El Dorado Trail
by Athonia on Oct 25, 2010
Hiking | 3.7 miles (4.3 miles away)
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South Fork from above Photo
Ryan and Kevin Photo
Cronan Ranch hike - Coloma (one way)
by Athonia on Dec 08, 2008
Pilot Hill, California, United States
Hiking | 5.3 miles (11.1 miles away)
Morning was misty and the hills looked like an Irish country side. Trees glowed teal and the visibility a hundred feet. Later, the fog lifted and this made the hike back seem like we were in a different place altogether. As we returned to the parking lot at the end of the trip three paragliders launched from a distant hill and landed right in front of us. We cheered for them....
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Miwok trail inside Sly Park
by Athonia on Nov 19, 2008
Lakewood Sierra, California, United States
Hiking | 0.5 miles (12.9 miles away)
3/4 mile interpretive trail near Pollock Pines, California.
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Monroe Ridge Trail, Marshall Gold Discovery State Park
by calipidder on Feb 23, 2014
Hiking | 4.0 miles (7.0 miles away)
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