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Address: South Lake Tahoe / Placerville area, Placerville, CA 95667
Phone Number: 916-622-5061
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The hiking areas are located within this forest.

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Anywhere in the forest is ok with me!

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 22, 2016
Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank 23Cooper23
Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank sp4301
Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank mini
Sacramento, California
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Myke C
Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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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115 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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127 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Lake Tahoe (California), California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

I am out in the ENF almost everyday. Go check out the crystal basin, it is extremely beautiful and very easy to access. Just take ice house road. Go up to big hill and check out the fire look out. There are hundreds of lakes and trails out there.

Thank eric F
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016

Beauty at its own. With adventurous hiking trails, lakes, streams, fishing, camping, picnicking. You can do anything in this forest, even live. The forest was my backyard for 18 yrs and every day was new. Wild flowers, animals, birds. Whispering winds just beauty that surrounds.

Thank Rhonda H

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