California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Pine Hill Ecological Reserve - El Dorado County

Wildlife Viewing
The symbols above are activities permitted on this Ecological Reserve. Click for more info.

Location: El Dorado County - approximately 35 miles east of Sacramento, and ten miles west of Placerville.

Phone Number: (916) 358-2900

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Area Regulations:

  • Camping is not allowed
  • Removal of mineral, archaeological, or natural resources in any form is prohibited except as provided in Title 14, §650.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited except on designated access roads and parking areas
  • Any refuse resulting from a person's use of an area must be removed from the area by that person

Special Restrictions:

  • Entry allowed only with special permit
  • Horses are prohibited from entering the reserve

Access: Arrangements for access must be made with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regional office. See phone number listed above.

Description: Located in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, this reserve combines unusual soils (Gabbro complex) and mediterranean climate to support three distinct biotic communities: chamise chaparral, foothill woodland, and Ponderosa pine forest. The unique soil type also supports a number of rare plant species such as the Pine Hill flannel bush (Fremontodendron californicum ssp. decumbens), Pine Hill ceanothus (Ceanothus roderickii), Layne's butterweed (Packera layneae), El Dorado mule ears (Wyethia reticulata), and El Dorado bedstraw (Galium californicum ssp. sierrae).

Recreational Use: Limited to use by schools, botanists, and colleges for educational or research purposes or by special arrangement with the region.

Pine Hill is managed under a cooperative agreement among nine federal, state, and county agencies. The Folsom Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management schedules springtime guided field trips to view wildflowers and other features at Pine Hill. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Land Management;

Mother Lode Field Office
5152 Hillsdale Circle,
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

or call (916) 941-3101.

Hunting: Not allowed.

Facilities: None.

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.

KC/WLB 08/09