El Dorado County spans 1,788 square miles and has a population of just fewer than 190,000. Mostly residential, El Dorado County has remained a quaint county without high traffic and population. The county also contains some of California’s most historical landmarks and gorgeous hiking trails. Those who live here or are just visiting can find an assortment of trails to explore.
Desolation Wilderness: The Desolation Wilderness is a 12 x 8 mile span of untouched wilderness at elevations that go from 7,000-10,000 feet. There are no buildings or roads and bicycles and anything with an engine is forbidden. Popular trailheads include; Echo, Fallen Leaf, Eagle Falls and Wrights all equally beautiful. Day and night use is permitted, although campfires are restricted.
Tahoe Rim Trail: The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 150-mile trail that winds around the ridges of the mountains that circle Lake Tahoe. The trail meanders through thick woods of national parks through flowered meadows, with glimpses of the blue lake throughout. This trail allows for bicycles and horseback along with hikers.
Dave Moore Nature Head: is a much shorter trail to hike which is nestled in the heart of Gold-Rush Country in Coloma. The trail is a mile long loop that runs to the south fork of the American River. The trail features remnants of the miners who camped during the gold rush. This is an easy hike, and has been made accessible for people in wheelchairs to enjoy.
Horsetail Falls: Horsetail Falls has a variety of options for hikers ranging from easy to difficult. Located in Twin Bridges, just before Tahoe, Horsetail Fall is a gorgeous cascading waterfall from Pyramid Creek; most of the trails direct you to the head of the falls, which provides a beautiful area to rest before heading back down the trails.