Explore the most popular fishing 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.

I love hiking this trail! we always see lots of mountain bikers who are the most polite trail companions. I think this trail has lots of hills and it's Rocky, but I like it, never boring.

We exited on Horseshoe Ridge and continued down until the road ended and the trail began.

It was a really pleasant partial shade/partial sun lake walk and foliage walk through the hills.

We saw plenty of Miner's Lettuce and Turkey Tail on our walk more inland. Definitely a gradient scale with elevation.

I can't wait to come back :)!

Nice and easy trail to pond. And easy access to the lake. Check your dogs for ticks, my dogs were covered with them yet they never left the trail. Poison Oak is pretty rampant as well.

It was an okay hike. I wouldn't consider it moderate. Probably wouldn't do it again.

So, two parts to this. Great, absolutely AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL Hike for seasoned hikers and fit persons. Not a hike for children, and your dog WILL get covered in ticks. A wonderful part of God’s Creation, but not for the faint of heart or light of feet.
It’s 14 miles round trip, and I had a 7, 14, and 16 year old with me. Oh, and this was their fist hike. Please know, you’ve been warned.

Beautiful hike on springtime, great shade along the way, my 11 years old boy went the whole way, my 8 years old daughter stopped with mom half way to enjoy the water and take some flowers photos.

Didn’t make it the whole 13.3 miles but made it 5.5 miles to the creek crossing the trail. It just rained so it was moving pretty good and I didn’t want to get my feet wet so turned around there for a total round trip of 11 miles. Lots of different terrain and views along the way. It was well worth it.

You need to pay 12$ per parking. Regular trail. Nothing special.

Scenic easy hike, well shaded with bits of wildlife here and there. Will be back.

on Lake Natoma Trail

mountain biking
2 months ago

Really great trail! Lots of bikers when I was out. There was a closure that stopped me from doing the full loop but other than that this was a really nice trail.

This is a long hike but it is very beautiful. Lots of black oak trees through the rolling hills.

So pretty lots of bikers and horses but still good trail to hike

Nice trail. The camp ground is Closed for the season right now. Several connector trails which is nice. You can customize the distance easily.

Beautiful out today, like Spring in Febuary! & only a few people out. Climb up was a butt kicker like always. Fun Downhills make it worth the effort.

We had a great time here! There are lots of opportunities to hike shore-side, when the water levels permit, and beat your own path - the trail is great too! Well shaded for a good portion along the trail but not many places to pull off and relax if you’re looking for a lot of open, private picnic space. There were tons of horses along this trail when we went so something to be aware of if you have dogs that spook or are personally not comfortable. Overall, it was a great way to spend a couples hours over the weekend!

Only tricky part, almost forgot, is parking. If you enter in from the residential side, you won’t be able to park too close to the trail, but you can park in the neighbor about 2-3 streets from the gate though. Be mindful of the parking restrictions because the neighbors said they do ticket and tow.

Excellent for a moderate stroll. Super kid, dog and new-hiker friendly. Low water level this year

Nice trail. Not exactly stroller friendly, but you can do it if you have help in a few spots. Went with 5 kids the 2 youngest being 3 years old and they all did great.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Enjoyable ride, but pretty easy to lose the trail if you're not paying enough attention. Decent frontage trail for the MTB'ers, but this is mostly a roadie trail. So leave your knobbiest tires at home and prepare for asphalt 50% of the time.

Great trail! The first part of the trail is uphill and kind of rocky so hiking boots would be recommended although you could do it with tennis shoes. At first I was a little disappointed because I saw houses along the way but just keep going and eventually you will be in the wilderness with nothing but the sound of the river and the wind in the trees. The trail is well set and super easy to follow. Beautiful views. It’s not a difficult trail and a lot of it is pretty flat. I took my dog on leash. I only pulled one tic off her but she is on tic prevention. I only saw a couple other people the entire day Although I bet it gets much busier in the warmer season. I would definitely recommend! Beautiful hike on a sunny winter day!

What a great trail. Well engineered for hiking. Beautiful views.

went in mid December and it was unseasonably warm. surprisingly good views of the river and salmon falls bridge. There’s a free parking area but then you have to cross the bridge to get to the trail. Dogs area allowed and bikers are respectful while using the trail

5 months ago

Beautiful Hike. So peaceful and friendly people along the way

mountain biking
5 months ago

Awesome trails and beautiful views

I love this trail! I like riding my bike here : )

trail running
6 months ago

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

Great for kids

Very calm walk with a choice of uphill challenges.

The beginning of the trail is not very clearly marked. Parts of the trail seemed to diverge but again, no obvious markings or signs on where each leads to. I had to check on the AllTrails app once in a while with GPS to know that I was on the right path. Mostly shaded path though parts of the trail can be quite narrow. Access to Folsom Lake is possible if you look for forked paths around the pond. The pond itself, however, wasn’t much of a view in late summer when we visited. Our 5-yr-old had no trouble completing the trail. It was an easy hike for the older kids (7 & up).

I walked 3.4 miles of the lake line and enjoyed the tranquility. A cycling event had us watching over our shoulder for a portion of the hike but thoroughly enjoyed the park. Note $12 to get in the park.

Where I got severe poison oak...

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