Explore the most popular birding trails in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun short ride on horseback if you just go to the pond and back. Can be a little busy on weekends during the Summer, baby buggies, kids, sometime narrow passing.

5 days ago

Nice views

The trail is well marked and scenic. However, do not leave anything of value in your car. There are people waiting for you to hit the trail so they can comb through your car. Very messed up!

25 days ago

Partially wooded trail with beautiful views of the river. The trail is narrow and does not provide direct river access. Most of the trail is on the hillside with tree cover and grasses growing on the edges. However at some points, it does open up to unmarked trails leading down to the river. Access to the river depends on the water level.

There is free parking at Overlook Park as long as you are willing to walk the extra distance to the Pioneer Express trailhead using Pleasant Ave and Cardiac Bypass trail.

There are bathrooms at Overlook Park, at Oregon Hill Lot, one right at the north end of the trail, as well as at Rattlesnake Bar. This trail is decently maintained, but very long. Be careful to make sure you watch the clock and save enough time to return before sunset.

There are some spots that require you to cross streams of water. Some could use a few more crossing rocks or a log. If not careful, it’s easy to step into the water with your shoes.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great bike trail get there with 6 hrs before dark and bring water trail at the end is really steep dont ride it down if you arnt good with dry grass and leaves hard to stop my girl had a really bad fall i stopped before to look she did not had to hike out at night bikes where no longer safe due to no light so be safe take your time look before you go and have fun.

Great hike locally!! Came late in the afternoon, all the bikers had left. Pretty much had the trail to myself.

This trail was surprisingly really good. I wasn't expecting it to have such a great view from the top. If you plan to come be sure to watch out for ticks. There is free parking right off the exit of the freeway if your looking into saving some money. Other than that this was a great trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the first hike I’ve done that was longer than 2 hours and I hurt. I’ll definitely do this once a month to see if I can do it faster. Yes there are barriers blocking part of the path but follow the footsteps on the ground and you’ll get around easily. The trail itself was easy just stick to the bike trail to avoid confusion i hit a dead end twice when I thought I could follow the map/app.

Speaking of bike path there are a lot of bikers. I started at 8:30am and I saw cyclist from the minute I started until I finished. (5hrs later) it’s nice to know you don’t have to worry about being alone for too long. Someone will zoom by you sooner or later. The view of the river/lake was so nice it made the jello feeling in my thighs soooooo worth it.

2 months ago

Good trail

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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

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