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El Dorado Trail

 15 votes

32.6 Miles 52.5 Kilometers



436' 133 m


-1,874' -571 m


1,866' 569 m


428' 130 m



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A fun, scenic, off-the-beaten-path ride on the old railroad corridor.

Empty Beer


This is the full length of the mostly dirt portion of the El Dorado Trail. It's a neat ride on the old railroad corridor, following old dirt bike singletrack.

There are two places to stop for food/water if necessary, Missouri Flat Rd. and Motherload Dr. (Both are obvious).

Some have complained about goatheads in the past, so plan accordingly for avoiding or repairing flat tires.

Need to Know

Be careful crossing the various roads.

Keep an eye out for the singletrack that leaves the rail bed and goes up hills or down ravines. You won't ride along the actual rails very much if you stick to the old dirt bike trails.


At 32 miles, this is a great, point-to-point, net loss of elevation ride. It is REAL mountain biking! With very little climbing, it's also a really good singlespeed trail.

If you're starting at the "top" (Forni Rd., right by the jail), the few miles to the Weber Creek Bridge is a paved, Class I bike path, but there is some fun singletrack on the left side if you keep your eyes peeled.

Once you cross the Weber Creek Bridge, there's another mile of paved Class I bike path to Missouri Flat Rd (no singletrack). Once you cross here, you'll be on dirt all the way to Folsom.

The only "boring" portion is the last 3-4 miles, a little West of Latrobe Rd. to In N Out Burger in Folsom (off E. Bidwell). Once you cross the cool Deer Creek Bridge, the trail gets a little less interesting and the final couple miles are best done on the paved road on the West side of the train tracks.

While this trail as mapped shows the length of the El Dorado Trail from Forni Rd. to Folsom, many people like to park on Motherload Drive in Shingle Springs and ride up the tracks, then turn around and come back, which is also fun.

For those that grow tired of riding trails in the Folsom Lake area, the El Dorado Trail is really good option for you!

History & Background

See for more info about this historic rail corridor. The long term plan is to remove all the rails and put in a Class I bike path that connects to the American River Bike Trail.


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Sep 10, 2017
Nite Hawk
Sep 4, 2017
Cory Cunningham
Love this trail so much! Goat heads are everywhere! Big tree down over trail between Motherload and south shingle.
Aug 19, 2017
Steve von Ehrenkrook
Took 7 hours with newbies, 7 flat tires and a lunch break, but great ride. Moving time was only 2:30. 21.9mi
May 20, 2017
Brendan Erickson
May 18, 2017
Mike Lyster
Trail is drying out nicely. 18.3mi — 2h 00m
Mar 16, 2017
TJ Grant
Lot of flooding in that whole trip.
Aug 23, 2016
Josh Slater
Aug 11, 2016
Roy Rezentes
Out and back from the Train Station on Motherlode Drive heading west. This section of trail is more level than going east from the train station. T... 9.1mi — 1h 23m

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All Clear 93 days ago
Dry - Trail was actually in great shape. Grasses and weeds low in most areas. Goat heads for us lower half just before Latrobe. Heat tough but not unbearable due to tree cover. Great ride for newer MTBers long to develop skills, mileage or just to get out.
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Thanks Empty Beer! Great stats, elevation profile, distance... We appreciate all your hard work! Jun 16, 2013
Challenging! I did not like the parts where you have to ride on or next to the tracks. That was bumpy and sketchy! May 18, 2014
Setting up group ride Saturday, April 9th, 2016 starting in Placerville (7AM Start) and finish in Folsom. Meeting at Team Cycle in Cameron Park at 6:30 and drive to Placerville. 3 others can ride with me in my truck. I have driver to drop off us in Placerville and pick up in Folsom. You will need to arrange your shuttle unless you group with me. Early departure leaves the full day for your other weekend stuff and a nice cool ride. **This is my first ride on full length of this trail but moving through it quickly. I'm using Strava and you can join my group on FB El Dorado County Mountain Biking. Apr 5, 2016

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