Dorado Trail - Camino to Placerville Hike
|Trip Date: 04/21/2015
Distance: 7.9 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1000'
Group Size: 1
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|This is the sign on the east side of Halcon Rd that indicates the start of the hike along the last 8/10 section to Camino.|
|The trail on the way toward
the very end at Camino.
|At the very far eastern spot on the trail, it literally runs out against the fence. At some point the plan is to connect it up to the Pony Express trail up near Pollock Pines, but for now, this is it!|
|Back at Halcon Dr, heading west along the El Dorado trail is marked with this helpful granite stone indicating the distance to Placerville from this point.|
|Along the way, somewhere below
the Apple Cafe and Apple Hill golf course is this great open area with
a wonderful view of the mountains far off in the distance.
|This is the point where the paved part of the trail, which will head all the way into Placerville (and beyond) starts out. There are lots of signs here that almost overwhelm with instructions. Not included in this picture are the no parking signs on both sides as well.|
|Along the way there are interesting things to see on both sides of the trail, including this old windmill which is not even 100 feet from Highway 50 behind the trees.|
|One of the nice, newer features of this trail is that it diverts the pathway over Highway 50, so that the game of human frogger can be avoided.|
|The section just to the west of the 50 overcrossing is in really good shape, and I had nearly all to myself on this particular day.|
|As the trail wanders toward the parking area at Jacquier Road, the sight of a large winery with grapes growing all over the hill above dominates the immediate vista.|
|Right at the entrance to the Jacquier parking area is a sign for the trail that leaves no doubt as to what is here.|
|Easy to miss, but very interesting are a series of about 10 memorial plaques cemented into the ground which start on the trail just above the Hangtown Grange building and head west until you reach the tunnel very close to the end of this particular section of hike. If you were on your bike you would probably never see them.|
|Finally, the end of the section of trail is marked at the Placerville Depot for busses and Amtrack shuttle service. A nice place to finish up either this direction or coming east from the town of El Dorado.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|