Avery's Pond via the Pioneer Express Trail

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Avery's Pond via the Pioneer Express Trail is a 7.5 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.

7.5 miles
636 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

4 months ago

Great for kids

5 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).

9 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.

10 months ago

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

11 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.

11 months ago

Monday, March 13, 2017

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

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.

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

I went for hiking. There was no parking so I had to park about 3 blocks away. There was a good amount of horse poop on the trail and I also got lost several times as there are no signs and many forks on the trail.

Overall good hike, great scenery but would not go again

Sunday, April 17, 2016

I could find no where to park the street was posted no parking

Sunday, April 17, 2016

There last weekend. Wild flowers everywhere. Haven't seen this area so lush in years.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Beautiful in the spring. Lots of shade to help keep you cool

Saturday, April 16, 2016

great hike. took our 3 year son on it. there's picnic benches when you get to avery pond. the only negative about it is you have look out for all the horse droppings. to get to it, park at rattlesnake bar.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Easy hike through some beautiful scenery prolific with flora and fauna. Butterflies were abundant and even saw some turtles in the pond. Great views of Folsom Lake. An extremely easy, low key hike but perfect due to the amazing scenery this time of year. Note: you can no longer park in the dirt area or along side the road before the entrance to the park. They have now installed no parking signs everywhere do you have no choice but to pay the $12 parking fee. No worries though as it was well worth the "price of admission"!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

We started at the State Park entrance at Rattlesnake Road, because the app directions take you to a trailhead in a neighborhood that has little to no public parking. This did take about three miles off the hike, which was disappointing. Still, very beautiful, especially during spring. Lots of wildflower and wildlife activity.

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