Back to index El Dorado Trail - Folsom to Latrobe Hike
Trip Date:  01/18/2014

: 4.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 200'

Group Size: 1
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
El Dorado Trail Folsom Hike
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El Dorado Trail Folsom Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 35.859, W 121 01.1785     End Coordinates:   N 38 36.820, W 121 04.348 (if doing point to point)
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes or No (out and back or point to point) Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to El Dorado Hills South (Latrobe Road) exit.  Drive south on Latrobe Rd for approximately 6 miles until you get to the parking area on the right side of the road.  Hike begins here at the El Dorado Trail sign next to the railroad tracks.
Hazards of Note:   Snakes, ticks, footing across a couple of trestle bridges. Crowd Factor:   Limited.  This section of the trail is a lesser used area of the El Dorado Trail.
General Notes:
From the parking area walk down to the tracks, and head to your right (north.)  You will cross a small trestle bridge within the first tenth of a mile, which will require careful footing to pass across.  There is a single-track trail along most of the track area that sometimes runs along the right side and other times crosses along the left.  About a mile in there is a longer trestle with a grated pathway on either side of the tracks.  You will have to carry a dog across this section, as their feet would slip through this constantly.  There is also a good sense of vertigo here for those with a heightened awareness of heights, as you are crossing 40 feet above the ground below.  About 2 miles in the tracks bend to the north, and continue in this manner all the way to the end of this section at the parking area for a small remote controlled airplane club area.  You can either turn around here for an out and back hike or this is where your vehicle will be parked for a point to point hike.

Trailhead sign at the Latrobe Rd end of the hike. Trailhead at the Latrobe Rd side
Small trail hazard along the way after a recent storm. A little hazard
Lots of green along this trail in the wintertime. Winter trail
Trestle crossing about halfway along this section which has a grated pathway on either side of the tracks that will require help for dogs to cross over. Trestle crossing
Watching some remote controlled hobby aircraft near the northern end of the hike. At the start watching the RC Flyers
The western start of the El Dorado Trail in Folsom.
The west edge of the El Dorado trail
A very dry January morning along the old tracks. Typical scene along the tracks
The view south along the tracks. view along the tracks
A pretty ingenious way to secure the barbed wire fencing.
Pretty lonely stretch for the Folsom area.
Pretty remote for Folsom
Heading east the track becomes much more overgrown and shaded.
Getting into a shadier area
An old cut through the rock, less narrow than the one further up in Shingle Springs.
Old cut through the rock
Almost to the east end of this leg, and the Latrobe Road crossing.
Almost to the east end
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike