Browns Ravine to Salmon Falls area trails

Map of trails along Folsom Lake near El Dorado Hills

¬†New online map is published for trails at Folsom Lake. Adjacent to El Dorado Hills community is Folsom Lake State Recreation Area whose eastern shoreline hosts several miles of high quality dirt trails for hikers, runners, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Not all of the trails are open to all of the user types so check … Continue reading

Wild Oaks Park Trail

Wild Oaks Park Trail as it approaches Cambria Way.

  CLICK HERE for the live MAP TOUR Nestled between big homes in a sleepy little neighborhood in El Dorado Hills, the Wild Oaks Park Trail is often overlooked. Many people know about the park since it sits at the busy corner of Francisco Blvd and El Dorado Hills Blvd. There’s not much there except … Continue reading

Trails and Fire Protection

Trail acts like a fire break for community benefit.

Trails provide fire protection as a community benefit. It’s fire season again. It happens every year like winter-spring-summer-fall. El Dorado Hills is graced with a beautiful grassy oak studded landscape, but with that asset comes a liability – fire danger. Recently this season, in June and July, we’ve had 2 large fires nearby. KCRA reported … Continue reading

EDCTC Funds Trail on Francisco Drive

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) approved state funding,¬†According to Wendy Schultz at the Mountain Democrat, to connect existing trail segments and add a class 2 bike lane. “The EDCTC also approved $150,000 in State Exchange Transportation Enhancement funds at the request of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency for bicycle and pedestrian … Continue reading

How much do trails cost?

Cost comparison for building paved paths versus simple rugged dirt surface trails.

Dirt trails are cheap. This is one of those few times where you can have your cake and eat it to. EDH lacks enough dirt trails that appeal to hikers, runners, and mountain bikers AND we could have many more miles of trails without the high costs of other “trail” types. If you ignore costs … Continue reading

List of Trail Issues

Example of what is called a class 1 trail.

As I sat last night in the parks and recreation sub-committee meeting and discussed my vision for a comprehensive rugged trail network, I noticed something that I’m still thinking about this morning. Actually there are lots of things about last night that are still bouncing around upstairs, but what has me sitting down right now … Continue reading

TRAC: Trails for Recreation and Community

Consumer spending chart

Trails for Recreation and Community (TRAC) is rebuilding a northern California local economy with recreational trails. TRAC is a local grassroots effort in our region and they have a new website. Operating out of Portola, CA the group says the following about their mission… Our outcome is to ensure that the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship … Continue reading

Instagram for MTB trail photos

Beginning to use Instagram now. It has a nice phone app that is easy to use and it makes great color corrections to photos, which seeem to always need some sort of help. This first photo was taken on the Brown’s Ravine trail heading towards the wing dam called “dike 8”. This trail is heavily … Continue reading