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Address: 100 Forni Rd, Placerville, CA 95667-5310
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The hiking areas are located within this forest.

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The Eldorado National Forest has something for everyone with just a little outdoor adventure. From creeks to rivers, ponds to lakes. Millions of trails and wildlife to go with it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dockahuna
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Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Eldorado National Forest has something for everyone with just a little outdoor adventure. From creeks to rivers, ponds to lakes. Millions of trails and wildlife to go with it. There is always joy coming here

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Thank dockahuna
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

DO NOT TURN LEFT AT THE EL CARISO / HOTSHOT CAMP. NOT A CAMPGROUND. I am new to Cleveland National Forest. In the evening of March 24, 2017 I spent an hour or so looking through my GPS and found various campgrounds sprinkled throughout the Cleveland National Forest. Not really having any particular destination in mind, I choose to head... More 

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Placerville, California
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

There are endless hikes, walks, creeks, lakes and places to visit in the National Forest. What a treasure to have in my back yard.

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Medford, Oregon
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612 reviews
231 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

This gorgeous high mountain area offers many things for everyone. Beautiful lakes, hiking trails, lodges and resorts... plenty to see and do in any season.

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Fremont, California
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5,166 reviews
3,341 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,638 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016

We enjoyed taking a walk and going fishing at beautiful Caples Lake in the El Dorado Forest. This lake is near Carson Pass and also Kirkwood area. We often times catch trout. It is also a boating and kayaking lake, There is also a resort. The El Dorado Forest is also very nice.

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1 Thank mini
Sacramento, California
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2016

This was our second visit to Bassi fall and the latest one is on Saturday, July 2nd. Our family of 3 along with 2 other families (total 5 kids from ages 5-13) visited this gem. The directions can be tricky. From Sacramento/Folsom: Take 50 East and past Placerville and Apple Hill. Turn left onto Ice House Rd. it's just a... More 

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2 Thank grandhirk
Los Angeles, California
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80 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2016

Really enjoyed my day trip to Eldorado National Forest. Unlike Tahoe, or Yosemite, or the other more popular forests, Eldorado is delightfully overlooked by most, and this adds to the charm. The Forest is green as any, covered in creeks and much less litter than many forests in the area.

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1 Thank Myke C
Sacramento, California
1 review
Reviewed May 24, 2016

Tony needs to stay home. Black bears are active in Desolation Wilder- ness. As a result of the availability of improp- erly stored human food, greater numbers of bears remain active at higher elevations than in the past. Bears have extremely keen noses and are attracted to food smells as well as to the scents of personal products such as... More 

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Placerville, California
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145 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2016

I live near, in and am sometimes surrounded by the El Dorado National Forest. This natural resource is a place of great beauty, it's a place you can get out and do fun outdoor activities : ride a bike, swim, canoe, camp,fish or just sit under a tree. To learn where the forest starts and stops, go on line. There... More 

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SANTA MONICA
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156 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2016

If you are in the Placerville area and on your way to Lake Tahoe then stop for a bit and take in the town and the local part of the El Dorado National Forest. You will have vistas and sights galore. On our trip we saw wild turkeys and deer in many locations. Don't stay on the fast roads ...... More 

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