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American River Bike Trail: South Side Lake Natoma

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (6)

A singletrack dirt trail along the south side of !Lake Natoma.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

Singletrack

172' 52 m

High

130' 39 m

Low

131' 40 m

Up

92' 28 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly Many smooth sections of trail with picnic tables and great views of the lake.

All dirt trail on this side of the lake is open to bikes. In a California State Park, the speed limit is 15 miles per hour. Watch for other trail users on foot and horseback.

Description

The trail runs the length of Lake Natoma, from the Nimbus Flat day use area to Old Folsom. It parallels the paved American River Bike Trail with continuous views of the lake.

Parking is available at Nimbus Flat, Willow Creek, and Old Folsom.

The trail aspect is singletrack (sometimes a bit wide...but not a fire-road). The surface is decomposed granite dirt with river rock ("baby heads") embedded in some sections. There are lots of oak trees, cottonwoods, pine and other evergreens, and sections of blackberry brambles and native grass meadows along the trail.

If you combine this trail with the paved trail on the north side of the lake (almost all dirt on the north side of the lake is off-limits to bikes), you can ride the Lake Natoma Loop.

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Shared By:

Richard B.

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  3.7 from 6 votes

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The Lake Natoma trail has many little turnouts and stub trails where the state park has placed picnic tables. A perfect place for a picnic with the kids!  Always a beautiful view too.
Sep 2, 2015 near Folsom, CA
Ride video of the dirt half of Lake Natoma Loop (legal dirt on south side of lake).  Start point is Nimbus Flat, end point is near Old Folsom.
Sep 2, 2015 near Gold River, CA
South side of Lake Natoma heading east (counterclockwise)
Apr 7, 2015 near Folsom, CA
Willow Creek bridge.
Sep 2, 2015 near Folsom, CA
Railroad tie stairs.
Sep 2, 2015 near Folsom, CA
Somewhere along the trail.
Jul 15, 2017 near Folsom, CA

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Feb 17, 2020
Bobby Masocol
Nov 23, 2019
David Jenks
Apr 21, 2019
Antonio Alejandro
Great ride from Nimbus Flat to downtown Folsom. 9.5mi — 1h 30m
Sep 29, 2018
Zack Dutra
10.2mi
Apr 8, 2018
Bernie Reese
Lots of people after 9:30
Mar 3, 2018
Greg Speck
Muddy, but not too muddy. Only 2 deep puddles as of 3/3/18. 5.1mi
Jan 11, 2018
Joshua R
uphill from park and ride 5.1mi
Sep 18, 2015
Richard B.