Route Preview - Eldorado

We just got back from a pre-run of the area and have mapped out a handful of suggested routes for you to ride while you are staying with us at Sierra Stake Out. There's tons of water, greenery and windy roads to get lost on, so no matter which one you pick, you are making a good decision.  The first of them we'll show you is called Eldorado.

To start the ride, you'll head west on I-80 for about 40 miles. On the way, you'll pass through Colfax, CA which is a neat old gold town with some great greasy spoons to eat at. We suggest the Dine n' Dash, but there's plenty of options for a hearty meal if that's how you want to start your day.

Once you hit the Auburn, jump on the 49 and head south to the 50 where you'll start going east through the Eldorado National Forest . Keep a lookout for the transition to the 50 when you get to Placerville, as it's pretty easy to blow the turn and accidentally stay on the 49.

One of the bridges off of HWY 49.

One of the bridges off of HWY 49.

There's tons of water pumping in the river alongside HWY50

There's tons of water pumping in the river alongside HWY50

Bridal Veil Falls is located just off of HWY 50. Put your kickstand down and take a minute to relax next to this gusher.

Bridal Veil Falls is located just off of HWY 50. Put your kickstand down and take a minute to relax next to this gusher.

Once you are on the 50, it's relatively smooth sailing. You'll run along the side of the river for a while, climb up to 7,382ft at Echo Summit , and then on your way to South Lake Tahoe.

Looking south off the 50 back towards Echo Summit.

Looking south off the 50 back towards Echo Summit.

Once you get to South Lake Tahoe, follow the signs to stay on HWY 50 up the east side of Lake Tahoe. You'll run right along the shore for most of the ride and event dive into Nevada briefly. There's a few casinos and places to wet your whistle if that's something you'd be interested in.

At the north end of the Lake, you'll find King's Beach. Your ride will be close do done and this is a great spot to get in that water you've been eyeing all day.

It's no Lake Minnetonka, but we're sure Prince would approve.

It's no Lake Minnetonka, but we're sure Prince would approve.

Once yer done drying off, get back on the bike for the last pull North up the 267 and then onto I-80 West for a few more miles back to the campground.