The El Dorado Trail
Designated as a Millennium Trail by Hillary Clinton in 2000,
the El Dorado Trail is a multi-modal transportation corridor planned to extend from the eastern border of El Dorado County to South Lake Tahoe.
In 2009, the El Dorado Trail Improvement project was selected for the 2009 SACOG Salutes! Special Recognition award www.sacog.org In 2010, the trestle segment of this trail was awarded the ACSE 2009 History and Heritage Project of the Year! www.asce-sacto.org.
Watch this great video of activity on the trail.
The El Dorado Trail is a concept for a trail that spans the entire length of El Dorado County from the western county line to the Lake Tahoe Basin. The current alignment of the El Dorado Trail includes two railroad rights-of-way: the Michigan-California railroad right-of-way and the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor. Some segments are already completed with Class I Bike Paths, other segments are currently in development, open for use as a natural trail, or are proposed for improvement.
A local non-profit organization working with local government agencies, including EDCTC, to develop the El Dorado Trail offer maps and other information about the Trail on their website at website.
PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
The El Dorado Trail Corridor currently extends from the western El Dorado County line to the Camino area just east of Placerville. The ultimate vision is for it to extend all the way to Lake Tahoe, but an alignment east of Camino is yet to be determined. El Dorado County and the City of Placerville have developed segments of the trail from Clay Street in the City of Placerville to Los Trampos Road near Camino, including the spectacular overpass of Highway 50.
Click here for Trail Map
In July 1991, the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor Joint Powers Authority (SPTC-JPA) was formed to purchase the Sacramento-Placerville railroad corridor from Southern Pacific Railway Corporation. The preserved corridor will be used as an alternative transportation corridor, including multiple uses along several sections.
El Dorado County has prepared the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor Master Plan which identifies multiple uses including excursion trains, bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian trails, and utility easements.
The SPTC JPA meets regularly throughout the year, meeting dates and information is available on their website www.sptc-jpa.org
The 28-mile segment of the SPTC in El Dorado County extends from the eastern end of the County near the Latrobe area to the western portion of the City of Placerville. Chapter five of the El Dorado County Bicycle Transportation Plan includes proposals to develop Class I Bike Path along the entire SPTC Corridor.
The 28-mile segment of the SPTC in El Dorado County extends from the eastern end of the County near the Latrobe area to the western portion of the City of Placerville.
Chapter five of the El Dorado County Bicycle Transportation Plan includes proposals to develop Class I Bike Path along the entire SPTC Corridor.