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

The hiking areas are located within this forest.

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Beautiful Caples Lake in Eldorado National Forest

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

Thank mini
Sacramento, California
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank grandhirk
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 

Thank berniejohnston
Placerville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank delyn35
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
New York
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

I had never been to the area my husband grew up in Placerville. I thought it would be pretty barren in December but it was not. It was beautiful, the river was flowing, We saw lots of deer in the meadows. We did not have time for any hiking but I would want to return in the spring sometime I... More 

Thank Katgoodhiding
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

beautiful place to go hiking. No matter what time of year, I always love going out here for a day hike. Its great in the winter for some great white winter photos. there are tons of trails to check out and tons of great natural beauty

Thank sydneyalexander

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