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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.

hiking
2 days ago

$12 to park

I really liked this trail. The easiest access seems to be at the horse assembly before you get to the boat launch. It says "closed area" but that only refers to motor vehicles. It is an easy trail and really pretty.

Road to the North side of lake closed. Started from granite bay main beach. The area is very dry but no bugs. Dip in the lake for a quick swim you won't regret it!

mountain biking
5 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

My level of enjoyment of this trail was my own fault. Lack of food and water prior plus 100+ degree weather. I'll give it another shot after I'm more prepared.

The part I did, starting in granite bay was not very strenuous. Scenery was ok, a little confusing about where to go.

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

loving the bike trail, nice for burning some legs

hiking
1 month ago

Its Beautiful love the drive down to the lake park and watch the sunset

Only did part of the trail. Lots of sun and Scenery is not that varied.

Nice trail with easy/moderate difficulty. During the summer heat, there is some cover but be prepared for many exposed portions to the heat.