Pioneer Express Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Granite Bay, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length14.1 miElevation gain1,663 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A great technical trail for mountain biking and trail running, also popular for horseback riding. Note for those bringing horses: You cannot stage your trailer in the Del Labor gated community. You have to go to Lomita and continue to the Sterling Pointe staging area.

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Joe DeVay
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Perfect weather and loaded with wildflowers!!

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Kristine Gual
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Hiking

Beautiful trails, which you will share with many, many mountain bikers.

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RJ Reynolds III
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RunningGreat!
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Jennifer Jorra
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Hiking

Great day for a hike!

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Gilbert Gong
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Roman Singh
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Mat Ferron
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Hiking

Trail was nice, CA needs to replace some no bikes on trail signs. Still a couple trees down from the storm but passable. Definitely use your app on the trail, took a wrong fork and went an extra mile. Whoops

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Kair'e Miler
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chuck lemon
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Donna Ramsey
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Bikes are not allowed on this trail; per the mile marker signposts it's hikers and horses only.

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Daniel SULLIVAN
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Kostan Zhu
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Best technical trail around, for mountain biking and trail running

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Kristen Silliman
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Heidi Heidi Vee
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many trail options with various levels. $15 parking fee but it's worth it to spend a good 4 to 5 hours here. my pup loved it too!

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Elizabeth Key
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A very beautiful trail. Hiked from Auburn to Granite Bay. I think going the other way would be terrible.

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Brett J
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Great trail for this time of year. With the water level low there is lots of opportunity to explore off-trail along the water and it offers some variation in the scenery. There is a lot of grasses and small shrubs turning green and a few wildflowers already. We started from Beeks Bight and turned around about 3.5 miles into the trail once the river starts to narrow. I can imagine this trail would not be the best later in the year though when the water level rises and everything turns brown. We did encounter some horse droppings along the trail but it wasn't a whole lot and was easy to avoid. We ran into maybe 5 or 6 people the whole time.

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Ibeanob N
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Elle Tong
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I know this is a LOOOONNNGG Shot,,. but, I lost my blue windbreaker/ jacket on the trail today. It was a Christmas present, so I'm super sad to have lost it. I knew the general area it dropped (since we did some pack switching and layer changing) and double-backed, but could not find it. Please feel free to email me at sick of spam (all one word) at hotmail. :) Thanks and Happy New Year!

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Allison Gonzalez
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Dave O
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A bit of a goat trail around a few of the points (rocky and muddy) and a lot of poison oak early in the season. Tough trail conditions today.

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Bekkah S
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Easy to find, but it’s in a residential area. No parking for easily a 1/4 mile from the trail head. Many smaller trails make it easy to have a good time anyway,

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Joy Cazel
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This trail is mainly a horse trail. Be aware of this when you go. The trails are narrow so if you're with friends, you'll be going single file. Because it's designed as a horse trail, the view isn't spectacular despite the trail bring near Folsom lake. There are spots where you can exit the trail and head toward the water. We saw a few runners & hikers on the trail but it wasn't super crowded on a Saturday afternoon. The brush on the trail doesn't get trimmed. I wore Capri tights & hiking boots. My son wore shorts & got a little scratched up. I didn't see any signs that said you had to pay for parking. There was a Porta potty in the parking lot.

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Diana Akbari
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There is a nice trail by the water. You can run by the water. Be sure to bring sunglasses or a hat.

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Jeff Shulmister
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I went out yesterday, just to check this trail out. This trail follows the shoreline. Is there really 2,000+ feet of climbing? Also, if it's 28 miles, r.t., do they let you camp? Not too many hikers are going to do 28 miles in 1 day...

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Sarah Aquino
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The part I did, starting in granite bay was not very strenuous. Scenery was ok, a little confusing about where to go.

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Laurel Klimowicz
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Only did part of the trail. Lots of sun and Scenery is not that varied.

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DonR 100
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Submerged trail and TONS of poison oak! This is a very nice hike but currently (Mid-May 2017) the trail is submerged in many areas because of the high water at the lake. The poison oak is growing over the trail in many parts as well. The PO became more of an issue because we had to cross country a lot to hook back up with the submerged trail. If you are bringing your dog, plan for a lot of tick removal (repellent didn't seem to help). I pulled 11 off my pup when we got back. This is a hike that might best be put off until the water is down a bit.

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