Disclaimer: All maps, rides and other documents listed here are for informational purposes only. No liability is assumed – please check locally for latest riding conditions. Detours, weather conditions, traffic densities vary constantly. Please be cautious when riding, wear a bicycle helmet and obey all traffic laws.
El Dorado County Rides:
Special Notice: As I have moved recently to Oregon, it is best to go to the following sites for the latest information:
Hwy 50 - Ice House Reservoir (23 miles)
Ice House Reservoir - Loon Lake (40 miles)
El Dorado Hills - Latrobe - Plymouth (34 miles)
Latrobe - French Creek - Green Valley (39 miles)
Overview (including rides listed below)
Perry Creek - Fairplay Rd Loop (7 miles)
Perry Creek - Dorado Canyon Loop (12 - 14 miles)
Slug Gulch - Fairplay Rd Loop (18 miles)
Slug Gulch - Dorado Canyon Loop (20 - 22 miles)
Fairplay - Fiddletown Loop (20 - 24 miles) New!
Slug Gulch - Hwy 88 - Shake Ridge Loop (48 miles)
If anything is common throughout El Dorado county, is that it's a very rare ride you won't encounter hills. The amount of climbing depends on the direction you go. If your ride tends to be more east-west, then you tend to follow rivers (or ridges) and the hill climbing will "tend" to be more gradual. North-South routes are more hilly, but can be more scenic... nothing beats a sweeping view from a hilltop or ridge.
One note about the ride ratings... there's very few "easy" rides around here, unless you limit yourself to the bike path in Placerville. As far as being moderate or difficult, that really depends on the person. I tried to classify it based on experience of those in the local bike group, and considering distance and elevation gains. Always, these ratings are subjective at best. Beginners will find the moderate rides difficult, whereas experienced riders may find the difficult rides easy. I tried to classify towards the "semi-experienced" rider - someone who finds a 10-20 mile bike ride as moderate.
Climate varies as much as the terrain. Lower elevations tend to be hot in the summer and moderately cool in the winter (about half the winter days you can still ride). Higher elevations - above 4000 ft - can have snow in the winter, but be relatively mild in the summer - great place to escape from the valley heat. A few minutes drive up or down the hill can make a world of difference!
Most people tend to bicycle in the lower elevations (less than 4,000 ft) where there are more paved roads. Some roads are busy with traffic (and we'll point these out as best as we can), while others have practically no traffic at all.
One region bears special mentioning... Apple Hill. This is a popular place to ride, but in the Fall season, the automobile and bus traffic can be enormous! Best to avoid this area between Labor Day (early September) and Christmas (tree cutting for the holidays). Spring and Summer are the best times to ride here.