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Red Roman apples are covered by a November snowfall at Apple Hill near Placerville. Apple Hill, the home of many fruit farms and a popular tourist spot, is one of the closest areas to Sacramento where visitors will be able to see snow at certain times during the winter.


A Gold Rush town above the fog and below the snow

Published: Tuesday, May. 15, 2007 - 9:09 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 17, 2007 - 2:58 pm

PLACERVILLE -- Nestled in the heart of the Gold Country, Placerville is known for being above the fog line and below the snow line.

Its elevation is about 1,700 feet, which puts it beyond the tule fog that sometimes hits the Central Valley during the winter. And generally speaking, snow rarely drops to the elevation of Placerville.

Once known as Hangtown because of its 1849 reputation for justice, Placerville is steeped in Gold Rush lore and ambience, particularly in the historic downtown area.

A small town of 9,600, Placerville has all the advantages of a small community, yet still providing access to the Sacramento metropolitan area.

Outdoor recreation is the highlight in the Placerville area, with ample opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, rafting and more.

Located on U.S. Highway 50, the city is about 46 miles from Sacramento and 60 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Placerville is the county seat of El Dorado County, which stretches to the Nevada stateline.

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The typical commute time for a Placerville resident is 24 minutes.


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