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Take a Hike to Sweetwater Trail

Located In: El Dorado Hills; search “Sweetwater Trail” in Google Maps.

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

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (must be leashed); mountain biking allowed; parking is $10.

Fuel Up: Head into El Dorado Hills and you’ll find a variety of options, including Selland’s Market Cafe (4370 Town Center Boulevard) for order-at-the-counter grub or 36 Handles (1010 White Rock Road) for a refreshing pint.

Why We Love It: Family-friendly; follows along Folsom Lake; great for beginners; fairly shaded.

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. 

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By Emily Peter

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