Back to index El Dorado Trail - Latrobe to Bullard Hike
Trip Date:  04/17/2015

: 8.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 600'

Group Size: 2
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
El Dorado Trail Latrobe Hike
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El Dorado Trail Latrobe Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 35.847, W 121 01.173     End Coordinates:   N 38 36.261, W 120 57.488
Car Shuttle Req'd:   Yes Parking Directions:   For the trail start parking area, drive south on Latrobe Road for about 7 miles from El Dorado Hills to the parking area on the west side of the road.  There is a large gravel parking area for about 10 cars in this section, and a sign for the El Dorado Trail just along the tracks visible from the road.  For the end parking area, drive south on S. Shingle Road about 4 1/2 miles to the small parking area for just about three cars on the west side of the road, just a few feet past where the train tracks cross the road. 
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak. Crowd Factor:   Minimal.  This is not a heavily used section of the trail, although there is a single trail trail most of the way indicating mountain bikers, hikers, and even evidence of horse riders along this section.
General Notes:
From the trailhead at the parking area, head over to the tracks and start walking south.  You will be along this almost straight southern route for about three miles, parallelling Latrobe Road to the east for this entire section.   Some of the parts of the trail temporarily lose sight of the road behind small hills, but not for long.  Either walk along the tracks, or follow the single track dirt trail section for this period, although this latter option has a lot of ups and downs that would be avoided along the tracks.  Be very careful of the road crossing just near the town of Latrobe, and then the tracks turn east and cut through a rural residential area for the next few miles.  There is a lot of poison oak off the trail along this section, so be sure to avoid it (easily done staying on the trail.)
The trail soon crosses South Shingle Road and then turns north for about a mile, crossing the road twice more before then heading almost due east again.  This section of the trail will head past Sugarload Hill on your left, and then bend back north again for the last two miles in almost a straight shot to the end parking area.

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.

Mark headed out at the very start of this section of trail. Mark on the trail
An interesting sign pointing bike riders across the tracks to the other side at one early point along the hike.
Bike sign 
Along the first couple miles there are some pretty impressive oaks lining the trail.  One was so well secluded and shaded that we startled three deer sleeping in the shade as we approached. Majestic Oak
Some impressive colors along the narrow trail during the first few miles.  Lupin everywhere and a few golden poppies scattered in as well. Trail colors
On the east side of Latrobe Road there are a few sections with some very impressive stands of poison oak.  This one is slowing taking over the tree along the trail.
Between Latrobe Road and South Shingle Road the trail is very straight and peaceful for much of the way. Long straightaway
After crossing over South Shingle Road three times, the trail then heads east for about a mile just to get around the small rise called Sugarloaf Hill.  Looks like there would be good views but it is all private property. Sugarloaf Hill
Near the end of the trail the rail line heads pretty much straight NNW for the last couple of miles, making the estimated distance and the actual distance right on. Near the finish
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike