dogs on leash

nature trips


kid friendly

wild flowers





Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, about 25 miles east of Sacramento, the lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, big and small mouth bass or perch. Visitors can also see the Folsom Powerhouse (once called "the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent"), which from 1885 to 1952 produced 11,000 volts of electricity for Sacramento residents. For cyclists, there is a 32-mile long bicycle path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching Old Sacramento. The park also includes Lake Natoma, downstream from Folsom Lake, which is popular for crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports. Summers at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area are generally hot and dry. Dress lightly for high temperatures. Winters can be very cold with lengthy periods of central valley fog conditions. Dress in layers as the damp can bring on a penetrating chill. Spring and fall offer warm days and cooler evenings and nights. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

on Pioneer Express Trail

12 days ago

Easy trail, you can go almost anywhere you want not that the lake is so low.


A good little nature walk


There are two different trails. I went on the left hand one. It was a short trail

It is easy to hike but don't try to hike down the pond. It is a little hiking to get back up if you do.

Good trail allot of up and downs should be a medium trail no real good parking.

Tics everywhere. Pulled about 8 off my dog. Not worth the hike.

Amazing trail. I would say it's harder than moderate though. My horse and I are avid trail riders and this trail surely pushed us. Great access to water and lots of wildlife. My only complaint is the directions on this site are incorrect. You cannot stage your trailer in the del labor gated community. You have to go to lomita and continue to the sterling pointe staging area.

2 months ago

The trail to Avery's Pond was a nice easy hike. Not many people on the trail today. Most of trail was shaded. Lots of poison oak like others mentioned. Pond area is peaceful. Great day hike for any level hiker.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike with the family. It got a bit hot though. Wish there was more shade!

good easy trail as long as you take the high road. the lower trail is for advanced hikers and there is a lot of poison oak that can't be avoided.