Red Bank to Brown's Ravine Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Dorado Hills, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
334 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Scenic dirt trail starts at Mormon Island Cove and ends at the trailhead at the entrance to Brown’s Ravine where there are picnic tables, water and restrooms. Currently no signage exists for this trail. The trail is 3.8 miles out & back, or half that if you have a vehicle waiting for you at Brown's Ravine. The entire trail is within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (FLSRA) and is open to pedestrians, bikers and equestrians. Dogs must be on leash. Enter the FLSRA at Sophia Pkwy and Green Valley Rd, or do the trail in reverse by starting at Brown's Ravine. There's a parking lot within the FLSRA (off Green Valley Rd near Sophia Pkwy) which requires a day-use pass. Or you can park for free on Sophia Pkwy (near the AM-PM). Red Bank is the underwater community at Mormon Island Cove that surfaces in times of drought. Many people are mistaken in their belief that Red Bank was the town known as Mormon Island. But Mormon Island was at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the American River - about 1 mile west of Mormon Island Cove. The Mormon Island townsite, which had a population of about 2,500 people in the mid 1850's, is not likely to surface unless the lake were to become completely dry. Six weeks after the initial discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, a small group of Mormons who came to California as part of the Mormon Battalion began mining for gold at a place they would soon call Mormon Island. It was one of the earliest mining camps set up after the initial gold discovery. Red Bank was a smaller community, but had a mine, a winery, and eventually a dairy. It also included a few orchards and ranches nearby. In its heyday, the Red Bank Winery produced 40,000 gallons of wine and 7,000 gallons of brandy every year. During a drought year, many of the structures you can see in the Red Bank area were part of a water distribution system. The Natoma Company was formed in 1851 to provide water to miners and agricultural interests. They used a complex system of canals, ditches and flumes - referred to as the Natoma Ditch. The water was diverted from the South Fork of the American River at Salmon Falls where the company built a dam in 1852. What looks like a former a tree-lined road in Red Bank was actually part of the ditch system. The Natoma Ditch provided water for farms, orchards and vineyards - allowing for permanent settlement of the area.