Eldorado National Forest

Eldorado National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in eastern California.

The majority of the forest lies in El Dorado County. The forest lies in Amador, Alpine, and Placer counties in California; and Douglas County in Nevada with 78 acres. The forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on the southeast by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and to the south by Stanislaus National Forest.

The headquarters are located in Placerville, California. There are local ranger district offices located in Georgetown, Camino, Pioneer, and Pollock Pines.

A complicated ownership pattern has occurred. The parcels of Other Ownership are mainly isolated and surrounded on all sides by government land. An opposite pattern occurs outside the Forest Boundary where several small and scattered pieces of National Forest lands are separated from the main body and surrounded by lands of Other Ownership.

The Forest ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to over 10,000 feet above sea level along the Sierra crest. The mountainous topography is broken by the steep canyons of the Modelumne, American, Soxumnes, and Rubicon Rivers. Plateaus of usually moderate relief are located between these steep canyons.

The Desolation Wilderness is located within the confines of the forest, as is most of the Mokelumne Wilderness.

A cool montane version of Mediterranean climate stretches over the majority of the forest with warm and dry summer and cold, wet winters.

Various hardwoods, conifers, shrubs, native grasses, and forbs are represented in the variety of El Dorado National Forest ecosystems.

This forest was established on July 28th of 1910 from a portion of Tahoe National Forest and other lands.

Image Caption: On the trail up to Winnemucca Lake in Eldorado National Forest, California, USA. Credit: Sebastian Werner/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)