Slate Mountain Lookout

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3.5/5 (16 reviews)
Placerville, California (El Dorado County)
Last Updated: 10/06/2022

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Situated just inside of the western edge of the Eldorado National Forest, about an hour from the greater Sacramento, CA metropolitan area, lies this great little road with scenic views of Slate Canyon and the Sacramento Valley. Although a fire lookout tower once stood on the peak of Slate Mountain, only its concrete footings and a communications building and tower remain. Notwithstanding, the vista offers 180+ degree views of the Sierra Nevada foothills lining the eastern edge of the Sacramento Valley. This is a great beginner road, suitable for stock 4WD vehicles.
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