The El Dorado Trail is approximately 35 miles of both paved and dirt track going from Camino to Sacramento along some old train tracks. The Camelia Lane entrance to the El Dorado Trail, which is also referred to as the Jacquier Road entrance, is a perfect place to start the El Dorado Trail if you want to enjoy the eastern end of the trail. You will find the trailhead at the corner of Camellia Lane and Jacquier Road in a large parking lot. One of the good things about this trailhead is that there is a lot of free parking and portable toilets so you can go before you hit the trail.
Fido is allowed on the trail, but you must use a leash no longer than six feet long. If you head east, you will have four and a half miles of mostly uphill hiking, and it is a very popular hike, so if you do not like crowds, you may want to go on a weekday morning. This part of the trail is mostly paved and is often perused by mountain bikers and horseback riding. If you decide to travel out and back, the total is almost nine miles, but going back is all downhill.
Along the trail, you will see a variety of pawesome wildflowers and other flora. Even though you are in the middle of the forest of oaks and pine trees, you will never be far from large towns like Smithflat, Motor City, Five Mile Terrace, and Camino Heights, where you can stop and use the restroom or get a bite to eat. No matter where you pick up this pawtastic trail, you are sure to love it, but the Camelia Lane entrance will take you along some of the newest paved paths and will give you and Fido a great workout.