Title: This is a nice moderate hiking trail with some short up and downs and one small creek.
Description:There are a few rocks in the path but nothing difficult. Bikers use this trail as well. The overall length is about 6 miles round trip but I only drew about two miles on the map. The hike comes out on Salmon falls road, about a mile south of the American River bridge. There is a small parking area there, so you can start on the end opposite the bridge if you would like. Also, if you cross Sweetwater creek at the end of the trail, and then forge your way across the lake bed (that is usually dry in the summer) you will find a paved parking area. It is probably only 1/4 mile from the end of Sweetwater. This is another Folsom Lake recreation area, but is much less known and used than the one at the bridge. At one end of the parking lot is a hiking only trail.
Type: Out and back
Cool Features: hiking along the american river
Best time to visit: spring late fall winter
Hike Route Map:
Altitude at Trailhead:
Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty Rating: easy to moderate
Fitness Level: able to hike 3 hours with breaks.
Expected Duration: about 4-5 hours for the hike
Special Skills Necessary:
Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):
Depart: 8:30 at Iron Point Park and Ride
Departure Trailhead: 9:30
Type of travel: Carpool, shuttle, meet at trailhead
Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader and a sense of adventure to explore the surrounding trails.
Plus: 3 liters of Water, Food or snacks, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.
Membership Required: yes
Suggested donation: $3
Suggested carpool donation: $5
Dogs: No Dogs Please.
Directions to Trailhead:
Head southwest on Folsom Blvd toward Iron Point Rd 56 ft
2. Turn right onto Iron Point Rd 1.8 mi
3.Turn right onto Folsom Lake Crossing 0.6 mi
4. Continue on Natomas 2.9 mi
5.Turn left on Green Valley
6. Turn left onto Salmon Falls Rd.
Sweetwater is on the opposite side of the river from the Salmon falls Trail. It is on the South West side of the bridge and starts from the Folsom Lake SRA parking lot, so you have to go back up the road a little from the free dirt parking lot (or you can park for $$$ right next to the trail head).