Take a Hike to the Pioneer Express Trail in Folsom
Located In: Folsom; search “Pioneer Express Trail” in Google Maps.
Distance: Fourteen miles point to point; minimal elevation gain.
Difficulty Level: Moderate.
Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (must be leashed); no biking allowed; parking is $12.
Fuel Up: Dominick’s Italian Market & Deli (8621 Folsom-Auburn Road, Granite Bay) offers sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, and more in relaxed environs.
Why We Love It: Follows Folsom Lake; provides lake and forest views; option to hike as much or little as you like; fairly flat; well-maintained; can be accessed at multiple points between Folsom and Auburn.
Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction, dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, remember sun protection (hat, sunscreen), and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right, and that horses have the right of way over hikers.
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For more information, visit alltrails.com/trail/us/california/pioneer-express-trail.
By EMILY PETER