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Outside with Charlie: Alternatives

By From page A9 | January 24, 2014

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Due to the lack of snow, the cross-country skis and snowshoes still hang on the rack.

Cycling is very good right now so break out the bikes and helmets and start turning the pedals.

Placerville has the perfect place to get a few miles in. The El Dorado Trail has two sections: east section starts at the Ivy House parking lot on Main Street. Head out on the trail which runs east toward a short uphill. Remember to use your gears as this very short spot is somewhat steep. Once you get past that, the trail has some ups and downs.

The trail runs through some very beautiful territory. At about 5.5 miles out, the asphalt will end. From here to the fence at Highway 50 is another couple of miles. The ride back is downhill, mostly, to where you started. You can get a good 11 to 13.5-mile round trip ride on the east section.

For anyone wanting to test their climbing legs just a bit on this section, there’s Jacquier Road. You crossed Jacquier on the way up. If you need a little extra, head up this road. It’s not long, and it stops at Carson Road. While it is a climb, the last 100 yards is where you’ll find out how good your climbing skills are.

The other section of the trail heads west from Forni Road, starting right by the road to the El Dorado County Jail. It, too, is a gentle ride, with some uphill, but nothing steep. When you get to the bridge over Weber Creek, stop and take a look. It’s really a great view. The trail ends when you get to Missouri Flat Road, a little short of two miles after you start. Turn around and head back.

Enjoy yourself on this Class 1 bike trail. Ride it, run it, walk it. Just get outside. Keep doing the snow dance though.

Charlie Ferris

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