hiking

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nature trips

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dogs on leash

trail running

kid friendly

wild flowers

wildlife

lake

mountain biking

horseback riding

river

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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.

Good trail

Gorgeous route along beautiful folsom. Lots of people out and about is an inspiration.

A lot of flats, a lot of hills, a lot of rocks

on Johnny Cash Trail

15 days ago

There are just so many better trails within a half hour's drive.

hiking
15 days ago

Great walk. There are many places to start/end. We really like starting in downtown Folsom or at the trailhead parking lot of Parkshore Drive. You can choose to walk on the paved path or there is a rather nice dirt path used for "hiking", mountain bikes, and horses that is between the paved path and the river. It is nicely shaded and meanders nicely through the foliage.

mountain biking
17 days ago

The trail is mostly shaded and has a few intermediate level sections for mountain bikers. Go early in the the morning as the trail can get busy late morning to early afternoon.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail! Brought my 3 year old and let him walk on his own and he loved it! (The very beginning is kind of steep so he needed help there but other than that it was very easy for him).
It’s mostly shaded which was great. We went around 1pm & there still wasn’t very many people we saw. Overall one of the prettiest hikes I’ve been on here in NorCal.

hiking
22 days ago

I wouldn't rate this hike as easy. Probably a little more moderate. Decent hiking trail with really pretty views. As far as the parking fee....there is no lock box to leave the $10. It looks like it was either broken into, or just needs to be fixed? A lot of the trail is in the sun, but if that doesn't bother you, then it is definitely worth checking out!

hiking
22 days ago

Easy short trail with beautiful pond at the end. Very quiet in the morning. Saw very few people.

hiking
24 days ago

This trail is mainly a horse trail. Be aware of this when you go. The trails are narrow so if you're with friends, you'll be going single file. Because it's designed as a horse trail, the view isn't spectacular despite the trail bring near Folsom lake. There are spots where you can exit the trail and head toward the water. We saw a few runners & hikers on the trail but it wasn't super crowded on a Saturday afternoon. The brush on the trail doesn't get trimmed. I wore Capri tights & hiking boots. My son wore shorts & got a little scratched up. I didn't see any signs that said you had to pay for parking. There was a Porta potty in the parking lot.

Great for just about everything else but hiking. Felt more like just walking around parking lots. Don't come if hiking is your primarily objective. It's also strangely marked moderate but it's not at all. And it costs money. But looks like a great place to picnic and go kayaking.

The trailhead is annoying because there is not convenient parking. Very pretty views but trail can be very narrow and uneven at times. I would call this more moderate because you can loose your footing.

Pretty little hike (narrow trails) to Horseshoe Bar lake, an outlet from Folsom Lake. Nice little spot to take the dogs to play fetch in the water. We respect the horses and always step aside when they come along. Our dogs do not bark at them, they're used to being around these big, beautiful animals. (They go to work with my son, and walk/ruin right along side of them).

The campground is only open in the summer. In the off-season there is a gate about five miles away from the trail that prevents you from driving to trail head.

Great trail. Some really steep, rocky parts so wear shoes with some good grip. Awesome views from the top. Good for dogs.

mountain biking
1 month ago

felt like it ended nowhere, but when I go again, which I will try and find a nice spot because its beautiful there

mountain biking
1 month ago

felt like it ended nowhere, but when I go again, which I will try and find a nice spot because its beautiful there

hiking
1 month ago

I really like this trial. It is very narrow at the trailhead for about 300-400 feet but then opens up wide enough to let bikers safely pass. Some good views but a lot of time the brush is too high to see much. I really appreciate the fact that once you get in a ways the quite is wonderful, no traffic noise or party noise from the river which is nice. Is it the most scenic hike, no but it is still a well maintained trail with long areas of shade and a great work out as some of the uphills make you work if you push yourself.

hiking
1 month ago

Oooops. I went to do an update to identify the trail head start was wrong, only to realize that I was wrong! Sorry. We started the trail from Google's, which is really half-way of the full trail.

So I guess we only did half the trail.... Oh well, just a new members mistake.

Went on this trail with my wife and dog and best friend and his 7 year old daughter. Very easy hike. We took our time on the way in, admiring the views of the lake and it took us close to an hour to get to the pond (we really took our time). The pond had TONS of turtles!!! There are picnic benches (quite a bit weathered) to the North side of the pond where we had our lunch. It was Labor Day weekend and pretty hot in direct sun. After we completed our lunch, we continued the hike maybe 25 yards only to find some more picnic tables IN THE SHADE!!!! I WISH someone had written about that. So for those of you looking to have a picnic, go for the tables in the shade (somewhat North East of the pond).

We deviated from the trail and headed down to Folsom Lake (not a trail, but nothing preventing you from walking) and had a GREAT time.

When we returned at a much quicker pace, it took us less than 30 minutes to get back to trail head.

In a nutshell, a super easy fun hike, mostly for non-hikers. You can do this easily in 90 minutes, but if you go to the lake (like we did) you can spend all day there.

By the way, the AllTrails pin on Google is WRONG (as of 9/1/2018). Use Google Maps to find Avery's Trail. Otherwise, you will not be close to the actual trail head.

I’m sorry this was not fun at all. There’s literally poison oak scattered all over the “trail” almost impossible to avoid touching it. Also there’s no clear trailhead, no clear trail, and it’s all slanted/uneven path through sand, i wouldn’t call it a hike. It’s also completely in the sun with no shade offered at all. At one point the trail just disappears and you have to turn back. And it’s $12 to get in and park. Everything is dead and brown, it’s not pretty besides a view of the lake about a half mile away. I will not be going back.

Great trail in the spring and fall

road biking
1 month ago

Nice trail for biking or walking. Be aware the trail is closed due to landslides on the west side of the lake about 2 miles south of Negro Bar. You cannot make a full loop. You will have to use another trail as a detour.

it's been over 2 yrs since 4 slides took part of the trail out and they have done nothing to fix it. they charge enough ti get in there it s really no excuse. another ex as Mike of government collecting money from us and not using it for what it's intended! why we continue to vote for bonds to improve things when it only increases the peoples expenses(taxes) and nothing ever gets done us beyond me.

This was a pretty trail and it gave me a nice workout. The whole loop took about an hour and a half, but we stopped at the lake for a bit. There is a lot of wildlife which I love! Saw a very friendly family of deer and lots of birds. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes! I came dangerously close to one and didn't notice it until I heard it. There are mountain lions in the area so I recommend bringing a friend. Overall a great trail, just keep an eye out for dangerous animals.

hiking
1 month 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.

This is an easy walk, but you have to deal with cyclists yelling at you for being on any part of the path.

Park was closed and there is no parking outside of the gate. Not sure why the gate was closed when it wasn’t past park hours. I wouldn’t trust the directions. No easy lake access either. I brought my family with my dad who struggles with diabetes because it said it was an easy walk. Not happy, I would rate this 0 if I could.

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