|Pioneer Express Trail / Western States Trail Marker|
I called the park service before heading out to find out which trail accesses were open, and found that Granite Bay on the west side of Lake Folsom was a good place to start. I parked my car and found access to the trail near the rangers' horse stables.
|Portion of the trail map through the Folsom SRA|
The first mile or so that I hiked followed the edge of the park bordering private property, but soon after that the trail lost itself in much more wild territory.
|On the first park of my hike|
|Pig and Cow consult the trail map at a juncture|
I could hardly absorb enough of the trees, rocks, and hills that make up this northern California trail.
It was a lovely, solitary time. I only encountered a trio of mountain bikers who whizzed by on a parallel trail, a runner with his dog, and a few park rangers on their horses - all female rangers, which I thought was neat.
Then suddenly, the trail came out of the woods and provided a view of Lake Folsom. I hiked up and down the side of the mountain here curving around a portion of the lake for about a mile.
At about 5 miles out, I had to turn around in order to get back to my car in time to pick up the hubby at work. I loved every moment of this hike and only wish that I could take in more than the tiny fraction of this trail that I was able to experience in a three-hour chunk. Some day, I've got to plan a multi-day hiking excursion.
|GPS track of my route|