Avery's Pond via the Pioneer Express Trail

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Avery's Pond via the Pioneer Express Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newcastle, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The start of the trail is not clearly marked and it cost $12 to get into the park. However, the $12 does allow all day access to Folsom Lake. To find the trail to Avery's Pond it's best to park in the equestrian parking. The trail is, for the most part, shaded and this time of year has lovely wildflowers, butterflies, and caterpillars. The pond is a sweet spot with plenty of rainbow trout.

hiking
2 months ago

Great for kids

hiking
3 months ago

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).

7 months ago

The start of the trail is not clearly marked and it cost $12 to get into the park. However, the $12 does allow all day access to Folsom Lake, pretty nice.
To find the trail to Avery's Pond it's best to park in the equestrian parking. The trail is, for the most part, shaded and this time of year has lovely wildflowers, butterflies, and caterpillars. The pond is a sweet spot with plenty of rainbow trout. Overall very nice.

8 months ago

Great shady trail. Lots of poison oak close to trail on both sides tho.

hiking
9 months ago

By far my favorite trail on Folsom Lake. Wide enough to walk side by side with your hiking buddy most of the way. Natural spring and breathtaking pond.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Great hike with two 7 year olds. Pond full of turtles. Great place to picnic.

hiking
10 months ago

Holy roasted ticks Batman!!! The lower trail is not just muddy, a lot of it has been blocked by fallen trees, landslides, etc. we had to eventually climb up the face of hills, because we ran out of trail to hike. when we finally got home, our dog had 8 ticks. she does have flea and tick treatment. if you plan on going on this hike, do not bring your pets, and stay on the main trail. it may be a lot of incline, but it is much safer, especially for inexperienced hikers.

10 months ago

Great trail for a run but definitely not a good one to bring a dog to. We had to turn back half way to the pond due to all of the ticks. Would try it again to see the pond but definitely without our dog.

hiking
11 months ago

Great easy family trail to hike. It has a picnic table area or some around the pond. nice scenery and only like 2 miles in and 2 miles out.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Easy hike but wasn't much of a view

Friday, October 21, 2016

My 3 boys went with me, stopped n watched turtles ate lunch then headed back. Great time!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It is easy to hike but don't try to hike down the pond. It is a little hiking to get back up if you do.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Tics everywhere. Pulled about 8 off my dog. Not worth the hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

The trail to Avery's Pond was a nice easy hike. Not many people on the trail today. Most of trail was shaded. Lots of poison oak like others mentioned. Pond area is peaceful. Great day hike for any level hiker.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

There is no parking at the trailhead. You can park on a side street a few blocks west. There is a lot of poison oak so beware. It is well shaded with lovely views of the lake. After you pass the boat launch, the trail is easy to confuse. If there isn't a lot of horse poop, you are on the wrong trail. It is the Pony Express trail so it has horses on it often.

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Decent hike and nice pond at the end. There's not much to see on the hike, and the trail is pretty narrow for the most part. Keep an eye out for poison oak! The pond is nice and looked like it would be great for fishing, but my friends and I walked right over to the lake where there was a great spot to stop and swim. The water was perfect. There was also a parking lot about halfway along the trail, so if you want an easier hike or want to fish you could halve your distance. Good trail overall, the lake is always close and there are plenty of paths leading to it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautiful! We loved the pond and turtles!

Monday, May 16, 2016

I love this trail.

mountain biking
Friday, April 29, 2016

I'm really not sure what all the other people were talking about when they said this place was hard to find. I was bike riding with my iPhone's gps and rode miles to get there but had no trouble whatsoever finding the entrance. It's just at the end of a dead end street. The trails are pretty nice but quite narrow. There is quite a bit of horse poop as others said but that's really no biggie at all considering you're in the nature.

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