nature trips

dogs on leash

wild flowers

trail running


kid friendly


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.

1 day ago

Great hike for me and my dog. She was off leash most of the time. We came across people on horses so beware if your dog isn't familiar with them and lots of horse poop. There are no trash receptacles along the way so you have to hold on to your doggy poop bags until the end. There are two parking lots, one for the boat launch then up further is a regular lot. most people parked near the boat launch. Sunday afternoon was perfect. maybe 20 people. Averys pond is a mile hike to it then you can wrap around the pond and get a look at Folsom lake I believe. very pretty scenery and mostly shaded the whole way. There are also other routes you can take to have a longer hike. The trail starts near the boat launch then you have to vear right to Averys pond.
I did find a few ticks on my dog, so beware.

9 days ago

trail running
15 days ago

So pretty in the mornings. So much more trail to explore!

I went out yesterday, just to check this trail out. This trail follows the shoreline. Is there really 2,000+ feet of climbing? Also, if it's 28 miles, r.t., do they let you camp? Not too many hikers are going to do 28 miles in 1 day...

Maybe it's the time of year, I don't know, but I was bored from start to finish of this hike. I followed the main trail to the point and had to stop constantly for bikers. It was so boring and ugly I decided to walk back along the water on the return trip to the car. It was mostly that nasty slimy mud and sticks. I didn't enjoy it.

Easy hike for the family on a Saturday morning. Follow the directions on the App, easy access to the river from the pond, picnic tables are located around the pond if you want to take a break and relax.

25 days ago

Very calm walk with a choice of uphill challenges.

27 days ago

29 days ago

great ride, bikers can be more considerate

1 month ago