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Sweetwater Trail

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2.6 Miles 4.2 Kilometers


73' 22 m


-90' -27 m



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504' 154 m


469' 143 m


Shared By Shayne Holderby



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Narrow singletrack along Folsom Lake.

Shayne Holderby

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This is a multi-use trail, used by Hikers and Horses. Be respectful!


With narrow rolling singletrack along Folsom Lake, this trail is often used for those looking to add some distance to their Salmon Falls Ride (up road across bridge on left about 1/2 mile from North Parking area). The trail is narrow with a couple rock gardens, and the hills are short and not very steep. The trail crosses rocky creek bottoms a couple of times.

Most riders start from the fire road parking and do an out (some to Salmon Falls) and back. There's MUCH poison ivy along trail and if you go off trail you'll be in it! Follow the fire road down and follow signs for Sweetwater Trail - it's easy to stay on track.

Several turns are off slope and not banked, and it's easy to end up in the bushes or the lake. Rock gardens are short but fun. The north parking lot has a bathroom just off trail.


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Nov 25, 2018
Brandon Hernández González
Very easy and fun trail. 2.6mi
Feb 11, 2017
Death Star
Soggy out-n-back 5.8mi
Feb 1, 2015
Pete Conlin
Great scenery and great condition — 1h 00m

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  3.3 from 12 votes


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Rode the trail 7/12/15. Trail is a bit overgrown and has one tree down (around a blind corner!) and several low branches. It's still a fun ride. The old submerged bridge across the American River inlet, which is about a mile from the south parking lot trailhead, is accessible again. You can make your ride a loop by either riding all the way on Sweetwater, take the road across the Salmon Falls bridge to the Salmon Falls trailhead and ride back to the old bridge, or cross the old bridge and head right on the Salmon Falls trail to the trail head, ride up the road to the north Sweetwater trailhead and ride back to your vehicle at the south trailhead., Jul 13, 2015
Rode the trail on 7/15/17. Trail is overgrown and there are 2 trees down. Near a small creek crossing there are thorny blackberry bushes that will catch your arms and legs. Lots of poison oak on the sides. A little maintenance would make it more fun. Jul 19, 2017
Paul Richards
Folsom, CA
Paul Richards   Folsom, CA
Rode this a couple weeks ago. Trail is narrow. Overgrown. Very little work done to maintain it. Use to ride this a lot years ago. Would avoid it now due to brush and poison oak overgrowth. Doesn't look like anyone other than runners or hikers use this trail any longer. Sep 7, 2018

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