Tanglefoot Canyon

Total Miles


2,018.80 ft


1 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail is located in the El Dorado National Forest in Amador County, FS Road 8N14. It's a nicely graded gravel route for a quarter of the way in. You will cross two bridges across Cole Creek in the beginning, and then the trail becomes dirt and rocks the rest of the way. The route will take you through beautiful views of the Mokelumne River Canyon and Mokelumne Peak.


This is FS Road 8N14, an easy route for 4WD as well as 2WD. 2WD/AWD vehicles should have some clearance to maneuver over small granite rocks. Be cautious of the tire popping rocks. As with all routes traveled off-road, have good-rated ply tires and recovery gear just in case.


A lot of the trails within the El Dorado National Forest were old wagon/pioneer and cattlemen routes.

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Access Description

From Jackson, California, take Highway 88 east to the Bear River Resort in the El Dorado National Forest. You will drive a paved road all the way down to the Bear River Reservoir and around a huge main loop to continue onto Pardoe Road. At Tanglefoot Road, there will be a wood sign pointing to the route. There are many side routes from the main paved road, so as always check your Motor Vehicle Use Map and keep an eye out for Forest Service marked trail signs.

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