El Dorado Trail Wins ASCE Outstanding Bikeways and Trails Project Award
The El Dorado Trail is a cornerstone to the budding trail network in the Sacramento region. The trail covers more than 35 miles, from the Camino community, west to the El Dorado-Sacramento county border at the City of Folsom. A notable addition in 2018 that connected the City of Placerville over Weber Creek Canyon to the Missouri Flat interchange brought recognition in 2020 from the American Society of Civil Engineers, who aptly deemed it an Outstanding Bikeways and Trails Project.
The trail follows two former rail lines, the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Michigan-California Railroad, adding to its unique historical charm and offers access for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians with a variety of paved road, gravel segments, and at times a single track of dirt surface. In addition to recreational opportunities, the trail also increases people’s access to community amenities, which the Missouri Flat connection segment does by connecting two commercial areas on either side of the creek.