Chugging along in the recent trend to transform our old abandoned railroads into new multi-use trails, the El Dorado Trail travels along the old Southern Pacific Railroad and Michigan/California Railroad and accommodates foot, bicycle, equestrian users. It is also wheelchair friendly in sections.
This well maintained, partially paved, partially dirt trail runs from the Sacramento County/El Dorado County Line to Camino in the Gold Country foothills, along the historic National Pony Express Trail leading up to South Lake Tahoe. Although it's a perpetual work in progress, lots of the trails are open and ready to be explored.
Click here for the trail map where you can find the location of the Class 1 bike paths with the parking areas and access points. These areas are in and around the city of Placerville. Most of the El Dorado Trail is unimproved and remains with the rails left abandoned. Over twenty-three miles of this natural trail weave throughout El Dorado County‘s foothills, all open for nature walks, horseback riding or mountain biking. Basically, the trail connects the National Pony Express Trail Route and the Sacramento-Placerville Rail Trail, linking the communities of South Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento Valley region.