hiking

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birding

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trail running

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wild flowers

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horseback riding

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.

Took this trail about 4.9 miles. Part was along lake and part forest. Took about 3 hrs with short break at marina where there is a full, clean restroom facility. Free parking on Green Valley Rd and Sophia parkway. Really a lovely trail. Will need to try the rest soon!

hiking
2 days ago

Super kid friendly. 90%shady

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

mountain biking
14 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Pretty, fairly easy. Nice view of the water at times. Watch out for runners and bicyclists.

So much poison oak around here. Be prepared

Where I got severe poison oak...

Enter the Folsom lake recreational area from the entrance at the end of Douglas. Right now it was 12$ for the day pass. There is a road and signs that take you right to the trailhead. We arrived around 8 am and it was the perfect time to do this trail during the heat. It was pretty shaded for most of the hike with a few views of the lake. There were a lot of bikers but every single one was very polite and courteous. Took a couple detours that added to the distance and it ended up being about 6 miles in total. Pretty simple and had just a few ups and downs. All in all a successful hike! Would do again.

Just a heads up, don't follow the directions that are placed into this app (when you click directions), because it leads you to a private neighborhood that is gated and you can't enter to get to the trailhead. Will post another review after actually completing the hike. Enter through entrance to Folsom lake rec area at end of Douglas

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