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

Jun 03, 2019 11:12AM

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

Distance: Five 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 bevy of bites—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 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 and sun protection (hat, sunscreen), dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right; horses have the right of way over mountain bikers and hikers, and hikers have the right of way over mountain bikers.

By EMILY PETER

For more information, visit trailrunproject.com/trail/7024645/mormon-island-cove-trail.