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Eldorado National Forest - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

100 Forni Rd, Placerville, CA 95667, USA


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About Eldorado National Forest

The Eldorado National Forest is nestled in the dramatic central Sierra Nevada of California and bordering Nevada.The forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on the southeast by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and to the south by the Stanislaus National Forest. The forest is also home to 297 lakes and reservoirs, which total 11,994 surface acres. This Forest provides diverse recreational opportunities to the public.

Attractions Near Eldorado National Forest

Mormon Emigrant Trail
Mormon Emigrant Trail8.36km from Eldorado National Forest

This is a very scenic journey in the heart of El Dorado County, in Eastern California, USA. The road was originally named Iron Mountain Road.Nestled in the heart of Eldorado National Forest, the scenic drive is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn and offers great views. The road is not too busy. It was originally named Iron Mountain Road but was renamed in the 1980s.

Silver Lake
Silver Lake21.93km from Eldorado National Forest

Silver Lake is a reservoir in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.The lake surface is 525 acres at full capacity and is at an elevation of 7,200 feet . It is surrounded by Eldorado National Forest and is part of the El Dorado Irrigation District and their Hydroelectric Project 184 system. Snow and ice are common in this area during winter seasons.

Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain23.04km from Eldorado National Forest

Thunder Mountain is the highest point in Amador County, California. It is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains just above the Kirkwood ski area.The mountain has two peaks, the 9,414-foot main peak and a 9,412-foot sub-peak west of the main peak. Due to the high elevation, most precipitation that falls on Thunder Mountain consists of snow.

Bear River Reservoir
Bear River Reservoir24.46km from Eldorado National Forest

Bear River Reservoir, has a normal water surface of 149 acres and has a maximum capacity of 6,818 acre-feet. it is popular for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, and even water skiing. Nearby trails lead hikers to the upper Bear River Reservoir and beyond into Long Valley.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort
Kirkwood Mountain Resort24.6km from Eldorado National Forest

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year-round resort in Kirkwood, California south of Lake Tahoe that focuses on skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking and mountain-biking in summer. The mountain is unique in that it has 2 mi ridgeline at the top. This makes Kirkwood popular for cliff drops and cornices. Kirkwood received 804 in of snow during the 2005-2006 ski season.

Caples Lake
Caples Lake25.72km from Eldorado National Forest

Caples Lake is located 59 miles east of Jackson at an elevation of 7,800 feet. The 600 acre lake has 6 miles of shoreline. The lake has been used by many different groups of people including Native Americans, 49ers, and resort owners so it is known by a few different names. It offers a variety of different recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, and skiing within close proximity.

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Alpine County
Alpine County
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This is the least populous county in California state. There are no incorporated cities in the county.