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hiking
2 days ago

If I could give this hiking trail a 4.5 / 5 stars I would! It was a lovely hike for sure. Avery’s Pond was a nice sight and I saw many turtles in the pond. You can also then walk down to the shore of the North Fork American River. Just watch out for horse and dog poop because both are allowed on the trail.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Singletrack is really Fun!

walking
4 days ago

Nice, easy stroll. Watch out for disk golfers, they don't always call "fore".
Take extra time at the grove at the bottom of the hill, by the freeway to take in the cool shade.
Keen eyes around the lagoon will spot turtles, frogs, toads, beaver and otter in addition to waterfowl and raptors.

Gets busy on weekends. Kiosk is currently closed so parking is free until the city gets new permit machines.

new county policy you must have a reservation to park booked in advance. also they charge for the reservations. they pay park rangers to stand out and collect the money.

For passenger vehicle parking, try University Avenue near Guy West Bridge (zoom in on map to find where Guy West Bridge is located). And the side streets within the circle of University Avenue. Check street signs for time limit and confirm if any permits are required. Many spin-off dirt trails towards the river accessible by walkers and horses only. Dirt trails away from river accessible by all three users = hikers, bikers, horses.

Please respect other trail users. Please be wise and keep your dog on a leash. There's too much traffic on this section of the ART and you'd be heartbroken if another dog attacked your dog, or if a cyclist collided with your dog. Flexi-leashes are dangerous to cyclists and runners. You also don't know how your dog might respond to a horse. Some dogs go ballistic when they see a horse, which is dangerous to horseback riders. Keep your dog close to you. Thank you.

hiking
11 days ago

Enjoyed walking the river. I extended my track a little to 5 miles and it could be more. Brook, my lab, enjoyed the part that drops down to a dirt road along the river with access to the water. She took a morning swim....several times. Saw maybe 20 people along the way.

This is more of a 'walking'/biking trail, not really what I'd call a hiking trail (Vibram soled boots/shoes not necessary), tennis shoes can be worn. While I have to admit I haven't done the upper part of it, which I assume is the dirt part, mainly just the lower part down by the water which is paved. The so-called 'closed' parts are not really "closed", but concrete barricades have been placed in two places where earth-slides have occurred. However, everyone, bikers & walkers, go over & around these barricades to continue on in either direction without any trouble, other than the inconvenience especially to bikers (you'll have to walk your bike a very short distance at these 2 places). The paved trail along the water is actually very nice for walkers & bikers. You can actually do much more than a 4 mile round trip going from Negro Bar to Hazel Ave. on the paved trail. If you want to avoid $10 parking, start at the Hazel Ave end. Get there by going north on Hazel from Hywy 50, go over the bridge past Nimbus rec area; right on the other side of the bridge, on the right is an entrance to a day use parking area. Walk or bike back to Hazel from the parking area & go back towards the bridge, you'll come to the paved trail; stay left to go towards Negro Bar. Be aware there are rattlesnakes in the area.

loveeeeee since I was 11 years old

27 days ago

love this trail. At times I feel like I am in a big forest.

This trail has many options of different length hikes. They provide paper maps at the trail head to help navigate though the park.

on Hidden Falls Trail

hiking
30 days ago

Trail has many options for all levels of hikers. Many shady portions and great facilities. Make sure to bring plenty of water. The hidden trail leads you to some great overlooks and you can hike down to the trail. Make sure to reserve the day before. $4.00 for half day 6:30am-9:30am / All day $8.00. No cell reception so take screenshots of your confirmation when you reserve. Take a picture of the trail map before you head out.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, but part of it is closed for repair and there's no warning signs until you get to it, there's a walking path that takes you up the hill and around it but not biking.

Great for families.

Part of UC Davis - mostly paved - plenty of ducks - well marked signs detailing the plants and trees from around the world

Gorgeous trails with views of the river. This is a great hike for a hot day because there are so many places to take a quick dip and cool off.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiking is a loose term, very loose. Its a stroll...If you have little kids part of this trail is ok, but most of it is actually on the road so be careful. I would say little kids under 5 might enjoy a 10 minute portion of it when the sun isn't hot. I wouldn't drive more than 15 minutes for it. I was positive enough about it until I discovered most of the walk was going to be on the road. We had to dodge cars a lot. I would skip it and I definitely wouldn't pay a fee for it.

This trail is great!!!

Mostly shaded.

walking
1 month ago

Didn’t get to finish the trail due to lack of time but from what I saw it is quiet and peaceful. Got to the bridge by the golf course and enjoyed the creek under the bridge. I would do this again. :)

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike, Hiked in to the waterfall felt pretty easy going and I did it 30 weeks pregnant, just made sure to bring lots of water and brought some snacks. You do have to maneuver down the the swimming hole part but it wasn’t too difficult and the water felt great!! Definitely will do this one again!!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike in the spring. Was a nice trail! Minimal foot traffic in the early morning, but definitely picked up a bit later in the morning/early afternoon.

on Lake Natoma Trail

trail running
1 month ago

This could be a great trail (mostly for running or cycling), but there were several issues for me that led to my poor review. There are some really nice sections and the path along the east side of the lake was pretty nice. However, the west side was not nearly as nice. The trail is not marked well and there didn't appear to be many bathrooms and only one functional drinking fountain throughout the entire loop (a couple others were not working or destroyed). Additionally, there is a section on the west side that is closed and appears to have been like this for quite some time based on the level of debris and a path warn into the dirt from numerous people bypassing the barriers, There was no signage as to there being a closure until you are right up on it. The trail could also use some maintenance and it seems as if sections get ignored and are overgrown with weeds and have numerous cracks. I think if this trail had better signage and was regularly maintained, it would be much nicer. Until then, I would stick primarily to the east side of the lake where the better trail exists.

Great, easy hike. Access to the American River on one end. There are placards with some info about the local plants, which is great for the kids.

on Avery's Pond

2 months ago

Went on Fathers Day, Sunday 6/17/18, arrived at about 9:45 and left at about noon. Me, my wife, an infant in a chest carrier and a toddler in a backpack carrier. It’s a busy “trailhead”, basically a boat ramp for the north part of Folsom Lake. But what a hike! Minimal elevation change, plenty of tree cover, not too much foot traffic. The pond is fine....there’s a nice quarter-mile loop around it. I recommend a right turn at the entry to the pond, which will lead you to a wide gravelly lakefront beach. We had a picnic, watched the boats, and threw rocks into the lake. Great day. Seemed like foot traffic was increasing significantly as we hiked out in the late morning.

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Right by a nice park. The trail is a little dull for walking, but is probably a really nice bike ride.

trail running
2 months ago

Great googly moogly what a good trail.
You ever have those vibram five ginger toe shoes? They’re not like those Nike casts that protect your feet. You engage your feet when you run.

I think I saw a mountain lion and those things will kill you with it’s face. It’s crazy!

A coyote once punked my dog.

As a newer biker..this trail is flow and easy enough to gain confidence..also has a few spots along the trail that are challenging but not too intense. My favorite trail thus far

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike. 1.5 mile walk from the parking lot to the waterfall. The hike to the falls overlook is easy, very low incline and easy trail head. When you get to the waterfall it is almost a climb to get down to the swimming area, so take that into consideration if you decide to bring your kids or if you have limitations.

I hiked the entire loop around the park and I tracked 8 miles on my Apple Watch. The trail around the park is a dirt road, perfect for mountain biking or horses. I suggest bringing extra water because after the falls there isn’t another spring until you reach the halfway point. The trail around the park is very easy, slight incline and trail thinning towards the end. It’s not too hard if you take is slow and make sure to take breaks in the shade. I will definitely come back and use this park for trail running in the future.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great main trail and excellent side trails to bike away from pedestrians! Well kept park and plenty of shade!!

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