The Best Camping in El Dorado County

Looking for the best camping in El Dorado County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around El Dorado County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near El Dorado County

  • Pollock Pines, United States

    Hiking the Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail at Sly Park

    4.0
    The Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail runs along Jenkinson Lake, making for an easy, shaded, and well-marked hike that the entire family can enjoy. The full loop is over eight miles, but can be easily modified into a shorter trip, as well.Along the way, you will see a variety of activities along the lake...
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  • Amador County, California

    Shriner Lake Trail via Tanglefoot Trailhead

    3.87 mi / 449 ft gain
    Shriner Lake Trail via Tanglefoot Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Pioneer, California.
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  • Pilot Hill, California

    Peninsula Campground to First Cove Loop

    5.33 mi / 568 ft gain
    Peninsula Campground to First Cove Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Pilot Hill, California.
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  • El Dorado County, California

    Camp at Ice House Reservoir

    4.0
    1 mi / 1 ft gain
    Desolation Wilderness is just west of Lake Tahoe, a part of Eldorado National Forest. It's a very popular backpacking destination as the PCT and Tahoe Rim Trail both run through the area. There are what seems to be endless amounts of mountain lakes, creeks, and rivers that run through this area w...
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  • Kyburz, California

    Wench Creek Campground to Bassi Falls

    8.74 mi / 1444 ft gain
    Wench Creek Campground to Bassi Falls is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Twin Bridges, California.
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  • Foresthill, California

    Explore Sugar Pine Reservoir

    4.3
    Just a few miles north of Foresthill, Sugar Pine is a lesser known reservoir found in Placer County that is surprisingly unpopulated for how much the park provides. A swim suit, some friends, and some good music can be all it takes to have a good time.There is a boat-launching station that is eas...
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  • El Dorado County, California

    Loon Lake Trail from FS Road 36

    9.96 mi / 1253 ft gain
    Loon Lake Trail from FS Road 36 is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Twin Bridges, 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

    Backpack Desolation's Primitive Western Edge through Rockbound Pass

    4.4
    26 mi / 1700 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 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

    Barrett Lake via Red Peak OHV Trail

    15.31 mi / 2254 ft gain
    Barrett Lake via Red Peak OHV Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Pollock Pines, 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

    Maude Lake via Rockbound Trail

    8.15 mi / 1135 ft gain
    Maude Lake via Rockbound Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Kyburz, California.
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