Lake Natoma Trail

EASY 67 reviews

Lake Natoma Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Orangevale, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
659 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wild flowers

22 days ago

Nice long loop - start early morning if it is hot. Entire trail took 3.5 hours with one pit stop at the aquatic center. There are 3 slide areas south of Negro Bar that have have been traversed so many times there is a path over/around each area.

24 days ago

28 days ago

it was mostly bike trail. not a lot of actual hiking. the lake was awesome, it was a lovely day, but kind of disappointing.

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4 months ago

Started at the aquatic center and checked out the rowing facilities. Took the North trail out all the way to Old Fiolsom, grabbed lunch at the Hacienda and headed back on the south trail side which has well groomed walking trails separate from the bike trail. Lots of places to access the water. It's Lakeside trails for walking almost the whole trip. Beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great Sunday walk around the lake. Saw two bald eagles & some deer. Had to climb over a rockslide at one point, but for the most party was easy walking.

trail running
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Mostly flat, lots of bikes, which is expected of course, and lots of other walkers/joggers. I found it quite annoying that people with tank sized strollers blocked entire sides of the bike lane while walking on incorrect side of the bike trail but that's always the case anywhere along the American River Trail system. The plus side is a lot of opportunity to get off main trail to explore, plus the lake of course to jump in when it's hot.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my favorite local morning hikes. I usually start in Historic Folsom. Free parking and the old power plant is interesting. Cross over the truss bridge to the north trail since it is less shaded and the mornings are cooler then use the more shaded southern trail passing the CSUS Aquatic Center for the way back. Don't feel like you have to stay on the paved bike trail. Lots of dirt trails with great river access run parallel and more enjoyable. Enjoy the fish hatchery and aquatic center and make a day of it. Plenty of places in Historic Folsom to eat and drink both before and after the hike. PS - I always get closer to 13 miles.