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The Best Backpacking in El Dorado County

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Top backpacking spots in and near El Dorado County

  • El Dorado County, California

    Cronan Ranch to Folsom Point Rec Area via South Fork American River Trail and Brown's Ravine Trail

    31.9 mi / 4593 ft gain
    Cronan Ranch to Folsom Point Rec Area via South Fork American River Trail and Brown's Ravine Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Lotus, California.
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  • Pilot Hill, California

    Skunk Hallow via South Fork American River Trail

    12.31 mi / 2172 ft gain
    Skunk Hallow via South Fork American River Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Pilot Hill, California.
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  • El Dorado Hills, California

    Darrington Trail to Peninsula

    19.41 mi / 2605 ft gain
    Darrington Trail to Peninsula is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Pilot Hill, California.
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  • El Dorado Hills, California

    Mormon Island Browns Ravine Trail

    10.17 mi / 1017 ft gain
    Mormon Island Browns Ravine Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near El Dorado Hills, California.
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  • Cool, California

    Middle Fork American River Quarry Trail

    10.99 mi / 1693 ft gain
    Middle Fork American River Quarry Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Auburn, California.
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  • Pollock Pines, California

    Robbs Peak and Hut Trail

    5.8 mi / 1059 ft gain
    Robbs Peak and Hut Trail is an out and back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Pollock Pines, California
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  • El Dorado County, California

    Red Peak

    14.41 mi / 2940 ft gain
    Red Peak is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Twin Bridges, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Hike Pyramid Peak

    5.0
    Although it stands only slightly higher than its neighbors, Pyramid Peak nonetheless dominates the Crystal Range atop which it sits. Great views from the summit make this a must-do.The Route: The route is fairly straightforward to Lake Sylvia (see map). Simply follow the well-defined Lyons Cr...
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  • Kyburz, California

    Rockbound Pass and Red Peak Stock Trail Loop

    15.7 mi / 3097 ft gain
    Rockbound Pass and Red Peak Stock Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Kyburz, California
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  • Kyburz, California

    McConnell Lake Loop Trail

    24.67 mi / 4341 ft gain
    McConnell Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Kyburz, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell

    16.87 mi / 2680 ft gain
    Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Kyburz, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Backpack Desolation's Primitive Western Edge through Rockbound Pass

    4.4
    26.28 mi / 5151 ft gain
    This 26 mile loop meanders through some of the most primitive trails in Desolation Wilderness. Starting from Wrights Lake, the route proceeds over Rockbound Pass, loops around several lakes, and returns to Wrights Lake. Not many hikers venture past the steep and rocky Rockbound Pass to enter this...
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  • Kyburz, California

    Lake Schmidell via Blakely Trail (16E07)

    16.13 mi / 2615 ft gain
    Lake Schmidell via Blakely Trail (16E07) is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Pollock Pines, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Caples Creek Loop Trail

    8.74 mi / 1486 ft gain
    Caples Creek Loop Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to see wildlife located near Kyburz, California.
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  • Kyburz, California

    Hike to Twin and Island Lakes

    5.0
    7 mi / 1600 ft gain
    The Twin Lakes trail starts winding through a pine forest, with a couple bridge crossings over crystal clear trout-filled streams.  The marsh-like water is very slow moving, and even though it is indeed beautiful, it is also a prime location for pesky mosquitoes in the summertime.  Be sure to loa...
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  • Kyburz, California

    Backpack to Smith Lake, Desolation Wilderness

    5.0
    5.6 mi / 1750 ft gain
    To get to the Twin Lakes Trailhead from the Bay Area/Sacramento, head east on HWY 50 past Kyburz for 4 miles until you see the left-hand turnoff for Wrights Road. If coming westbound on HWY 50, this will be a right-hand turn 5 miles past Strawberry. Follow this paved road for 8 miles (watch for p...
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