Back to index El 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
El Dorado Trail Camino Hike
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El Dorado Trail Camino Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 43.805, W 120 42.284     End Coordinates:   N 38 43.986, W 120 47.372
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   For the parking area in Placerville, take Highway 50 to the Broadway exit if heading east.  You will get off and turn right, then right at the stop sign and then you will turn left after crossing back under the freeway.  The parking area will be on the left.  If travelling west on 50, exit Mosquito Road, turn right at the first turn and the parking area will be on your left.  
For the Camino Parking area, take the Camino Heights exit and then head south.  Turn left on Vista Tierra drive, then right on Camino Hills Drive.  Follow this around to Halcon Rd, and turn right.  The trailhead is on both sides of this road about a 1/4 mile down, and you can park just a little further at the point where Halcon and Paloma Roads meet.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, mountain lions, ticks, poison oak. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to Heavy.  The Camino section is fairly unused, but the area as you get toward Placerville is highly popular and has an abundance of runners, bikers, hikers, and even equestrian traffic along the way.
General Notes:
From the trailhead in Camino, head east to cover the last 8/10 of a mile of the actual trail until the point that it ends just on the south side of Highway 50.  There are some nice sections along this trail, and the old railroad bed which has been removed makes for a very pleasant and very level trail for this entire way.  At the end of the trail, turn around and head back, crossing over Halcon Dr when you return to the starting point to cover the six miles into Placerville.  The way is just dirt for about another mile, and then the paved multi-use bike trail part begins, which will be the trail for the rest of this part of the trip.

This hike is rated as Moderate only due to the distance of it.  The elevation change and the flat, wide surface would otherwise rate it as Easy.

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. Trailhead sign
The trail on the way toward the very end at Camino.