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El Dorado Trail - Placerville to Folsom

 3.4 (19)

32.6 Miles 52.5 Kilometers



436' 133 m


-1,874' -571 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (5°)

1,866' 569 m


428' 130 m


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

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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. Sam's Town Cyclery also operates a full service bike shop in the Shingle Springs Depot building also providing MTB, Fat Tire and kids bike rentals. The El Dorado Western Railroad Foundation and Sam's Town Cyclery also will have shuttle service rail rides from Shingle Springs to El Dorado and you can ride you bike back down the track.

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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Mar 25, 2018
Derek Rogers
Mar 19, 2018
Derek Rogers
Dec 25, 2017
Michael Leister
Good ride for those just growing from fire roads to singletrack. The elevation loss is not very noticeable. Don't think this is just a Downhill romp. 31.5mi
Nov 24, 2017
Mike Colon
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

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Check in with Sam's Town Cyclery for conditions, group rides an info!… May 8, 2018
Ride groups most anytime on the El Dorado Trail. Watch the sections that have some work being conducted on them. Section from Mother Lode to S Shingle is expecting washout repair any day now though its been months! :0 Tubeless or sealant in tires is a must!! for rides or call 530-313-3721. Jun 14, 2018
Top 2/3's is really fun. Next time I'll probably get off around where it comes in alongside Latrobe. From there down it was a bit of a grind without much shade. Aug 12, 2018

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