El Dorado Trail (Missouri Flat Road Entry)

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Trail Distance: 8 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 30 min
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Missouri Flat Road section of the El Dorado Trail in Placerville, California is a pawrific place to walk your fur baby. The trailhead is on Missouri Flat Road just past Walmart. If there's no parking at the trailhead, you can park at Walmart and a few other businesses in the area. This eight-mile walk is mostly paved and is in a predominantly urban area, but you after about a mile, you will be tucked into the beauty of the Sierra foothills dotted with gorgeous wildflowers and mature trees to provide some shade. 

One of the good things about hiking in an urban area like this is that you can leave the trail and easily stop at a restroom or see the historic buildings from the gold rush era. However, be aware that some of these businesses do not allow dogs inside. If you head east, about halfway through your hike, you can see the Weber Creek trestle bridge that stands about 100 feet above the creek. The view from the bridge is ons of the best around. 

For the next few miles, you'll be on a relatively flat or gently sloped path that's easy to hike for just about anyone. At around mile five, Bradford Park will appear on the south side of the path. Here, both you and your fur baby can take a break at a picnic table, use the restrooms, or refill your water bottles. The rest of the trail is mostly urban and flat with areas of meadows and grasslands in some sections. 

Overall, the Missouri Flat Road entry of the El Dorado Trail is an easy hike with nice views of the area if you are used to walking more than five miles. If you get tired, you can always turn around and go back to the trailhead. You and your pooch can always come back and finish exploring on another day. 

Trail Features
Grassland, Wetland, Urban
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This path is heavily used by mountain bikers so be aware of your surroundings.
Address
4415 Missouri Flat Road
Placerville, CA 95667
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Address
4415 Missouri Flat Road
Placerville, CA 95667
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset