Union Valley Bike Trail

California

Union Valley Bike Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: El Dorado
Length: 5.8 miles
Trail end points: Jones Fork Campground and Wench Creek Campground, Eldorado National Forest
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6518007
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Union Valley Bike Trail Description

The Union Valley Bike Trail is a two-lane, paved route that connects the campgrounds on the east side of Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The trail skirts the shores of the reservoir between Jones Fork and Wench Creek campgrounds. The trail offers a non-motorized way for campers to access Jones Fork and Wench Creek.

The forested trail offers glimpses of Union Valley, which is now a reservoir; low water in late summer makes for a receded shoreline. Interpretive signs tell about Union Valley and its water resources.

Parking and Trail Access

To access parking for the trail, take Icehouse Road and follow the signs west toward the reservoir.

Union Valley Bike Trail Reviews

I cycled from Jones Creek Camp Ground to Wench Creek camp ground and back.It is a fully paved trail among the trees along the water next to the reservoir. You'll pass lots of camp sites but few people on the actual trail. I saw a group of three cyclists at the end and two more on my way back. My daughter had fun riding in her trailer and the hills are tempered with just as many down slopes.

I thought this trail was fun and the scenery was beautiful. There are two campgrounds accessable only by this trail and they are both very nice and I can't wait to camp there when they open up again next year. Quite a bit of up and down, but the trail itself is two lane bike path pavement so the overall ride was not very tiring. It is a reservoir so towards the end of summer the water levels can be pretty low and therefore the lake isn't as pretty, but I think in early summer it must be beautiful and I'm sure there are lots of people who go out and use this trail.

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