Looking for a great trail in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area ranging from 2.8 to 20.2 miles and from 164 to 935 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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horseback riding

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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.

8/17/2019 12:30pm. In & Out ... Sophia Parkway to Brown’s Ravine entrance road and back ~ 4 miles. Partial shade - wear hat, sunscreen or protective clothing and bring water. Section along lake is cooler and provides access to the water. Poison oak present but not on the trail. Trail shared by hikers and cyclists. Sections of trail deeply rutted and mildly rocky - recommend wearing hiking or supportive shoes. Always a fun trail with good lake views, birds and wildflowers. Great sunset views!

hiking
21 hours ago

Lovely hike! Easy with beautiful views!

hiking
22 hours ago

Very nice, easy hike! Beautiful views!

hiking
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

A relaxing hike. Went early in the AM, very little traffic, great views.

hiking
9 days ago

nice easy walk with the family. shady trail is shady but has poison oak all over the sides of the trail. we made a bit of a loop to get back to the car and that had no shade at all.

hiking
rocky
11 days ago

very slight hills, moderate sun. Pretty much a good flat out Trail for speed walking.

The map takes you to a area on the side of the road with a high curb, so my prius could not go over

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike with my dog. Easy. Great views!!

hiking
20 days ago

Trail starts out in a dry, parched grassland, but don't be discouraged. The meandering dirt trail is high above Folsom Lake and allows glimpses of the lake below from numerous locations. As you get closer to the pond, the terrain becomes more lush and shaded. The clear, cool water well right before the pond is a delight! The pond itself is lovely with turtles rearing on logs, thousands of iridescent dragonflies and, (I was told by a fisherman we ran into), full of large mouth bass. Well worth the short, easy hike. I had a 9 & 12 yr old with me.

hiking
no shade
20 days ago

Definitely a biking trail. Dog on leash an ok hike but without very much shade at 9-11am.

hiking
21 days ago

Nice paved trail. Lots of side trails to keep things interesting. Look at the satellite view to find parking. River has nice views to offer.

hiking
28 days ago

Perfect hike with the dog. Went in the evening to avoid the heat. Not too many insects beautiful views nice trail

mountain biking
28 days ago

Rode with my son this morning. Our first time on this trail. It was a great ride and well maintained. Thank you.

29 days ago

Went with 2 kids today. The trail itself was ok but there was a lot of poison oak along the trail which took away from the hike

fun trail. some hills a couple small streams. Great views of.the lake

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

Nice hiking place to take your four legged friend.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, good uphill to get the heart beating.

hiking
1 month ago

Way too many speeding bikers flying down this trail, coming at you. We were constantly dodging them. I was so scared of being plowed into head-on that I told my husband, "never again". Also, the trail markings don't make sense. If hikers/walkers keep left (headed up the trail) and bikers are supposed to keep right (coming down the trail), how does that work? Head-on, that's how. Boy, the idiot that painted those surfaces really got a laugh out of that one.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail in and out. Only incline in the beginning. Mostly covered trails by trees proving shade. Easy to walk with kids.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail can be a little confusing at it links up with bike trails and other walkways. Very hot in some areas with not much to see. It appears as though they are in the process of adding some art projects along the way which could improve the overall experience. It is a long trail and does provide plenty of exercise.

walking
1 month ago

Very nice hike! Lots of shady areas. Small incline to start (from boating doc) but then pretty straight. You will cross a couple of cool bridges and pass a beautiful water feature that includes a rock trough for the horses and dogs! It will take you about 1.2 miles before you reach the actual pond, but from there, you can find a side path and access the lake! No

hiking
1 month ago

Went with daughter who is a JC fan. Loved the painted guitar pics to mark the trail. Too hot to do entire loop in the summer unless you go early. Seems to be mostly a bike trail but has walk and bike lanes. We parked at the zoo (yes, another attraction) and walked to Folsom bridge, to the Prison Road bridge and back to the zoo. Not a lot to see on most of the trail but definitely a nice walk. You can also find different trails to the water. We finished the day visiting the Folsom Prison Museum, watched a video and enjoyed the history. It was also a gift shop and a room dedicated to Johnny Cash. A very enjoyable day!!

on Johnny Cash Trail

road biking
1 month ago

Just completed a 40 mile bike outing, where this trail was part of. It was well laid out and beautiful-as we received a panoramic view of Folsom Lake coming up the hill off the Johnny Cash Bridge

hiking
1 month ago

This is not an actual trail. First half is walking by the water through parking lots. The way back is basically bike trails that make no sense and roads. Didn’t even break a sweat. I don’t recommend following the red trail.

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