Lake Natoma Loop
ElevationAscent: 293' 89 m
Descent: -294' -90 m
High: 194' 59 m
Low: 110' 33 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)
Current trail conditions
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“Run around Lake Natoma on bike paths with an option for singletrack.”— Bill Cuthbertson
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Free parking is available at both ends of the trail, but there is much more parking at the garage in Folsom, as shown. When the salmon are running, the free parking lot at the half way point is usually full.
The bike trail can have a lot of traffic on the weekends so you may want to transition to the nearby singletrack trails. If you stay on the trails between the lake and the bike trail, it's hard to get lost. You also see more of the lake and less of any civilization if you are on the singletrack. If you venture to the other side of the bike trail, the singletrack gets further away from the lake. You could get lost but you would find a road within a mile or two.
The best time to be on this trail is in the early spring when everything is green (March-May) and early in the morning when all of the wildlife is around.
Land Manager: California State Parks - Gold Fields District