Eldorado National Forest
Your Gateway to the Sierra!
Come discover, explore, and enjoy your Eldorado National Forest.
- Fire Restrictions are lifted as of October 6, 2023. Campfires are allowed in the general forest with a California Campfire permit. This does not include Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness where campfires are prohibited year-round.
Culvert failure on Rock Creek road at Al Brass Creek. The road is currently impassable and barricades have been setup. From the north, you can not access sites south of the northern intersection of Rock Creek and trail 11E43 (trail 4). From the south, you can not access sites north of the intersection of 12N70G.
Camp Creek Rd / 10N57 - Impassable. The road is completely washed out due to a failed culvert 2.7 miles north of the Sciaroni Rd intersection
Caldor Rd / 9N45 - Impassable. The road is undercut and partially washed out 1/3 of a mile west of the Plummer Ridge loop trail intersection
See also road status under current conditions.
POST-FIRE ADVISORY - The Mosquito and Caldor fire areas continue to have potential for falling trees, mudslides and debris flows. Recreating in a post-fire area always carries a number of hazards and dangers. We recommend checking out other areas in the forest outside the fire areas for your recreation activities.
Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to the Eldorado National Forest’s rivers, lakes, and streams alive with fish; mountains and meadows for alpine and nordic skiing; campsites and picnic areas in alpine backcountry and diverse forests. Four hundred miles of hiking trails pass through all kinds of terrain, from gentle oak foothills on the west to the 10,000-foot crest of the Sierra Nevada. Two major highways - Highway 50 and Highway 88 - run through the Forest, making it an easy drive from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Forest Service is committed to nurturing and managing the National Forests in order to ensure the health of the land. As we respectfully use and play in these precious public lands, we are taking part in a shared vision for the future.
The Forest Service intends to advertise timber designated for cutting in the Transmission Line Deck Sale 2024 area and the Blacksmith Fire Salvage Stewardship sale area on the Eldorado National Forest.
Recovery after a major wildfire is a long term process. The first steps involve repairing areas damaged by fire suppression, and mitigating safety hazards such as fire weakened trees, burning stump holes, damaged utilities, and hazmat concerns. Recovery also includes the Burned Area Emergency Response, the rebuilding process for recreation residences, and Caldor Fire restoration activities.
Great American Outdoors Act
The Great American Outdoors Act enables federal land managers to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests.
El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee
The El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is active. We look forward to working with the RAC and the community on a new set of conservation projects.
Caring for the Land
Work on the Eldorado National Forest has a foundation in its 1989 Land and Resource Management Plan and other environmental guidance.
Passes & Permits
Learn about day use and overnight permits to plan your wilderness visit. Other passes and permits are also available.