In selfishness, I wouldn't write about this trail, because I wouldn't want to have to share it with anyone else. But I just have to say, riding this trail from the Placerville Station east to the end of the paved portion is a neat, tidy, beautiful workout, which you can fit into less than an hour start to end. It's only something like 4.9 miles each way, but going eastward, it probably averages about a 6% grade, I would guesstimate. It's just a pure, honest workout riding east, if you push it, and then the return trip is an excellent reward. It's a pleasure to ride on my Trek hybrid.
"Out of towners, like us, found the directions a bit confusing because if you are approaching Placerville from the east there are two Broadway exits. If you take the first one (Smith Flat School Road and Broadway), turn right and go a half block to Smith Flat Road. Turn left on Smith Flat and go about three blocks to Jacquier Road. Turn right. In less than 100 yards, you'll find a tiny parking lot (3 spaces) at the trailhead of the segment heading west toward Mosquito Road. If you continue on Jacquier another 1/4 mile, you'll find a large parking lot with a rest room. This new trail segment heads east.
If you get off Hwy 50 at the western Broadway exit westbound, you exit right on to Mosquito Road. Turn right to find the large transit system parking lot on your right in about two blocks. The trailhead is across the street. Coming from the west, you exit onto Broadway, turn right (West) one block to Main, turn right on Main and cross under Hwy 50 where it runs into Mosquito. Bear right on Mosquito and go two blocks to trailhead.
After wandering around lost for a while since we came in from the east, we finally found the tiny parking lot on Jacquier (after passing the big one but not seeing the sign). We headed west toward Mosquito Road. We had a very pleasant walk on Thanksgiving morning, 2006. There were a lot of people out wearing off a few calories before their Turkey day celebratio and the weather was ideal. This is an execellent neighborhood trail."