A small town located outside of Sacramento and on the cusp of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Pollock Pines is a popular getaway for many Northern Californians. Not only is it surrounded by snow-capped mountains in the winter, it also boasts a lake encompassed by pine trees and is within driving distance to gold mines and wineries. At one point, the town even housed one of the original Pony Express stations. Today, Pollock Pines is a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and is a great place to reconnect with nature.
Jenkinson Lake is located within the town limits and it’s a great place to spend a long summer day. The recreation options at the lake are vast, starting with its 9 miles of equestrian trails and group equestrian camping choices. The lake also boasts two boat launch ramps and offers kayak and paddle board rentals on the weekends. For tubing and wake boarding, use the main part of the lake which starts at the marina. The second part of the lake is intended for swimming, kayaking, and other quiet activities. Fishing is another great option at Jenkinson Lake. Cast your line and catch Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, or Large Mouth Bass. There is a main hiking trail which encircles the lake, and a full hike on it is 8 miles long. Or, take a hike through the Fleming Meadow trail system where you will come across a beautiful waterfall at Hazel Creek Meadow. There are also some great mountain biking trails through the woods and campgrounds. Check out Sly Park Recreation area for camp sites.
El Dorado Forest
With over 2 million visitors each year, the El Dorado Forest offers hundreds of miles of roads and trails, a handful of lakes and reservoirs, many rivers and streams, and over 80 developed campgrounds and picnic areas. The forest even provides access to many cross country and downhill skiing trails during the winter months. The vegetation in the forest consist of woodland, chaparral, different types of fir trees, and sugar pine trees, along with a handful of other tree species. The forest’s main resource is the 56 inches of rain it receives annually, creating over 600 miles of fishable streams and nearly 12,000 surface acres of lakes and reservoirs. If you’re looking for a place to spend the day, be sure to check out El Dorado Forest.
Over 30 wineries await you in nearby Placerville. Take the short, 15-minute drive to Placerville and enjoy a day full of wine tasting and relaxing. Stop by Fenton Herriott Vineyards where you can enjoy a glass of wine on their outdoor patio surrounded by their vineyard. They also hold events throughout the year and offer free tastings. Lava Cap Winery is another favorite in Placerville. Its complimentary tastings, picnic basket items for purchase, and tours of the winery are part of what makes this place so great. Their outdoor patio has a gorgeous view and occasionally it hosts bands to play live music. In between wine tastings, head over to Timmy’s Brown Bag for some of the best sandwiches in town. Their Chinese BBQ pork sandwich and tater tots are among the favorites here, but you can also find mustard and beer braised chicken sandwiches, currant slaw, and many other delicious grub. Don’t miss this place! Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park and Mine is another great attraction in Placerville. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and is also a State Point of Interest on the California registry. Placerville is the only city in California to own a gold mine, so stop in for a guided tour and learn about this historic place. The park also houses a museum, stamp mill, hiking trails, and a blacksmith shop. Step back in time when you visit Gold Bug Park and experience what life was like during the Gold Rush.
Find your perfect Pollock Pines vacation rental on Tripping.com Whether you’re looking to get away from the noise of the city and want a cabin out in the woods, or you want a hotel room with all the amenities of home, you can find it all on Tripping.com. There are many pet-friendly options, too, so be sure to find a rental where you can bring your furry friend!
To get to Pollock Pines from outside California, fly into Sacramento International Airport, the state capital. From there, rent a car and make the 1-hour drive to Pollock Pines right off Highway 50. While you’re on vacation, you might want that rental car to get around, as Pollock Pines is part of the El Dorado Transit system, but your travels may take you outside of the transit’s range.
Looking for a vacation rental in Pollock Pines? Tripping.com has 28 vacation rental homes available in Pollock Pines. You'll find 1 studios, 12 1-bedroom, 3 2-bedroom and 12 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $90 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Pollock Pines is $200 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Pollock Pines home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 12 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Pollock Pines. In addition to accommodating pets, Pollock Pines rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 19 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 20 have TV and/or cable and 8 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Pollock Pines where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Expedia. There are 14 HomeAway rentals, 4 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 4 Expedia vacation rentals.