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Take a Hike to Mormon Island Cove Trail in El Dorado Hills

Located In: El Dorado Hills; Search “Mormon Island Cove Trailhead” in Google Maps.

Distance: 5 miles out and back; minimal elevation gain.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (must be leashed); horseback riding and mountain biking allowed; parking is $5.

Fuel Up: Head down Green Valley Road into Folsom and you’ll find a myriad of cuisine including Sunny Garden (25085 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 150), Mexquite (25095 Blue Ravine Road), Folsom Tap House (25005 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 140) and Hisui Sushi (25004 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 107) to satisfy any craving.

Why We Love It: Family-friendly; Follows along Folsom Lake; Great for beginners; Starts near the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam which provides great views; Trail end connects to Browns Ravine Trail for a longer hike.

Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction, dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, remember sun protection (hat, sunscreen), and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right, and that horses have the right of way over mountain bikers and hikers, and hikers have the right of way over mountain bikers. 

By Emily Peter

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