Pine Hill Ecological Reserve


Located in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, this 666-acre 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, Pine Hill ceanothus, Layne’s butterweed, El Dorado mule ears, and El Dorado bedstraw. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1979, and is managed under a cooperative agreement among nine federal, state, and county agencies.

For more information, call the North Central Region Rancho Cordova office at (916) 358-2900.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Either Guided or Self-guided Interpretive Nature Tours

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

The Mother Lode 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.

Facilities: None.

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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North Central Region (Region 2)

El Dorado County

approximately 35 miles east of Sacramento, and ten miles west of Placerville

Access: Arrangements for access must be made with the Department of Fish and Game regional office. See phone number listed to the left.

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