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Trip Date:  12/29/2014

: 3.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 285'

Group Size: 1
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
Monte Vista Loop Hike
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Monte Vista Loop Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 44.867, W 121 03.603     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Salmon Falls Road north from El Dorado Hills.  Just past FredLena Ln and Easy Ln on your left, you will see a sign for Falcon Crest on the left hand side at the coordinates provided.  This is the area to park.  There is no charge to park here.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, mountain lions. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to busy.  On the weekends especially this is a popular hiking, mountain biking and equestrian destination.  
General Notes:
The hike starts out at a signpost near the left side of the parking area.  You will come to a junction very early in the hike, and turn right following the signs to "Potable Water" to ensure you take the loop the correct way.  If you go left, you can very easily wind up hiking around the lake area and extending your trip significantly.

This is the sign at the location where you will park for this hike. Parking area sign
This area is very different in the wintertime, with green grass everywhere.  Summertime will see this brown and probably full of stickers and poison oak.
Winter greens
Myself near the area for Potable Water for horses and the like, with Flagstaff Hill across the lake in the background. Myself looking across to Flagstaff Hill
The weeds and stickers surrounding this picnic bench indicate it doesn't get much use. Abandoned picnic area
There are many pleasant views across the lake from much of the trail when you get alongside the water.
Across the lake
The water is low during this season, but no boaters or wildlife on it makes for  glassy surface. The water is low but glassy
Some of the only elevation change occurs when you head on down toward the lake. Heading to the lake
The signage at the junctions is helpful, but only where it exists. Junction sign
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike