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Take a Hike From the Peninsula Campground to First Cove Loop

Peninsula Campground Trail; photo by @johnnys_lottchen


Located In: Pilot Hill (Folsom Lake State Recreation Area).

Distance: 5.5 miles.

Difficulty Level: Moderate; lightly trafficked.

Know Before You Go: $12 parking fee; bring cash. There are many connecting trails to extend the hike and branches leading to water’s edge.  

Fuel Up: Stop by Sierra Rizing ( in Lotus for a deliciously fresh apple fritter, fresh-baked scone, or made-to-order scrambles, alongside small-batch, artisan-roasted coffee.

Sierra Rizing; photo by Forrest Ward


Why We Love It: Quiet and offers tons of wildlife with options to extend the trail. It’s also accessible in winter.

Trail Notes: Bring sunscreen, water, and plenty of layers; practice Leave No Trace ethics; if you pack it in, pack it out.  

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Header photo by Ashley Banaga, @explorer_04_
Book and film covers courtesy of their respective companies or organizations.

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