Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

6.38 miles..easy trail. lovely view of river and flowers. circles Folsom Prison. halfway point across the Folsom Crossing is not too pleasant, but the rest is good.

hiking
17 hours ago

We picked this one because it’s one of the only trails I could find that allows for dogs to be off leash. A good walk- one day we’ll do the whole thing. $10 cash to park. Rocky and harder than easy in the beginning - meaning your parents may not be able to do it. Definitely coming again with friends and dogs.

love this trail! it is very nicely done and it is stroller friendly.

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.

walking
18 days ago

Wife and I went for a little hike to take some photographs. Nice little area with a lot of different flowers and butterflies. Good numbers of hikers, runners, and bikers, but everyone was very pleasant and the bikers were always very polite about giving us a heads up.

Not too scenic but has trees and nice shading throughout.

trail running
20 days ago

Lots of hills and great scenery. Loved it! Cant wait for the artwork.

Bring sunscreen. Very sunny hike with not much shade at the beginning. My family and I walked for about a mile and half. Relatively easy. Fairly rocky. The view of the American river turning into the lake was quite pretty. The path is narrow, not wide enough for people to walk side by side. But we enjoyed our time overall!

mountain biking
21 days ago

very rocky. otherwise perfect

hiking
29 days ago

The trail isn't finished yet, so the all trails map is inaccurate. The all trails map is showing two trails connected, the Jedediah Smith trail and Johnny Cash trail. It added another mile and a half to our hike. Not sure if they going to eventually combine the two. The actual Johnny Cash Trail starts in downtown folsom and goes out to folsom dam and back, which is only 3 miles. All in all it was a beautiful walk minus the biker riders.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Its one of my favorite hikes especially the views when you make it to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Not much artwork was up when we did this trail. Great for bicycles but on the boring side for hikers. I think once the new trees that they planted grow taller - and when more artwork is added then it could be a better hiking experience.

Looking to do it again in five years - but not going back before then.

Path is paved and level. However, much of this walk is too close to the streets with many cars driving by, so it was loud and not peaceful. Not a repeat for us.

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.

walking
1 month ago

Love the 6.3 miles of this, but glad we started out along the main roads first. Very hard to talk with the cars going by, but the lake and dam are neat to see. Last legs of the hike are much prettier. As always, bikers are not very courteous and act like us walkers/hikers are invading their private trails. Ignore them. Glad we had a camelback with us for water, but this hike isn’t too difficult, just a little longer (which I loved!). No Art installed yet, but looking forward to that in the future.

on Johnny Cash Trail

2 months ago

So first of all... this art trail isn’t complete just yet, so if you want to check out the fully paved trail and see some of the finished installations then check it out but I will be returning once it’s fully done! ALSO very important to note that the location All Trails sends you to is actually the Folsom city hall building/ parking lot. The actual entrance to the trail is by the Dan Russel Rodeo Arena, where you can easily park. This trail is a loop so there are various other locations where you could begin the trail but there is plenty of parking if you just google map it to the rodeo arena instead. This is a 6.3 mile trail that is VERY bike, stroller friendly and pet friendly. The loop does go around Folsom prison for part of it ... but again if you’re a Johnny Cash fan you’ll understand why that is and why that’s actually pretty cool! Overall a pretty cool trail and we can’t wait for it to finally be finished because it’s pretty darn cool to see them commemorate Johnny cash how they’ve done so far and to see everything else they’re planning on installing!

on Folsom Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great afternoon walk. We went on a Friday afternoon and while we did see a good number of people biking/ running/ walking, it was by no means busy or crowded.

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.

Liked this hike. Did it with Travis. Skinny trail and lots of bikers but relatively flat and good views of the lake. In the sun.

Awesome hike and beautiful lots of bikers but very friendly

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

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely trail for a lovely day.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful Trail but can be a bit sketchy. Sharing the trail with bikes is difficult when you have dogs with you.

Easy to Moderate bike / walking trail . Hit Sutter street for a burger and beer after .

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.

Far more expensive than it should be. Trail is decent and a work out if you make it one but otherwise, not my first choice.

hiking
4 months ago

This was an easy hiking trail with a nice view of the river. It was very easy to find, and we bumped into a few bikers and joggers, but no hikers. We went in the afternoon, so it was a little too late to walk the entire trail, but our pup was able to be off-leash and she loved it. The sunset view on the way back was really nice overlooking the river. There were other sprawling areas of land with tons of geese hanging around. Other than that, it wasn't too scenic. We will be returning for sure, as the hubby wants to reach the bottom!

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.

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