Dorado Trail - Latrobe to Bullard Hike
||Trip Date: 04/17/2015
Distance: 8.5 Miles
||N 38 35.847, W 121 01.173
||N 38 36.261, W 120 57.488
the trail start parking area, drive south on Latrobe Road for about 7
miles from El Dorado Hills to the parking area on the west side of the
road. There is a large gravel parking area for about 10 cars
this section, and a sign for the El Dorado Trail just along the tracks
visible from the road. For the end parking area, drive south
S. Shingle Road about 4 1/2 miles to the small parking area for just
about three cars on the west side of the road, just a few feet past
where the train tracks cross the road.
||Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison
This is not a heavily used section of the trail, although
is a single trail trail most of the way indicating mountain bikers,
hikers, and even evidence of horse riders along this section.
the trailhead at the
parking area, head over to the tracks and start walking south.
You will be along this almost straight southern route for
three miles, parallelling Latrobe Road to the east for this entire
section. Some of the parts of the trail temporarily lose
of the road behind small hills, but not for long. Either walk
along the tracks, or follow the single track dirt trail section for
this period, although this latter option has a lot of ups and downs
that would be avoided along the tracks. Be very careful of
road crossing just near the town of Latrobe, and then the tracks turn
east and cut through a rural residential area for the next few miles.
There is a lot of poison oak off the trail along this
be sure to avoid it (easily done staying on the trail.)
soon crosses South Shingle Road and then turns north for about a mile,
crossing the road twice more before then heading almost due east again.
This section of the trail will head past Sugarload Hill on
left, and then bend back north again for the last two miles in almost a
straight shot to the end parking area.
hike is rated as Moderate only
due to the distance of it. The elevation change and the flat,
surface would otherwise rate it as Easy.
||Mark headed out at the very
start of this section of trail.
||An interesting sign pointing
bike riders across the tracks to the other side at one early point
along the hike.
first couple miles there are some pretty impressive oaks lining the
trail. One was so well secluded and shaded that we startled
deer sleeping in the shade as we approached.
impressive colors along the narrow trail during the first few miles.
Lupin everywhere and a few golden poppies scattered in as
east side of Latrobe Road there are a few sections with some very
impressive stands of poison oak. This one is slowing taking
the tree along the trail.
||Between Latrobe Road and South
Shingle Road the trail is very straight and peaceful for much of the
crossing over South Shingle Road three times, the trail then heads east
for about a mile just to get around the small rise called Sugarloaf
Hill. Looks like there would be good views but it is all
the end of the trail the rail line heads pretty much straight NNW for
the last couple of miles, making the estimated distance and the actual
distance right on.
||GPS Track of the full hike.