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Beeks Bight Nature Area: Jedi Trail

Photo by Chris Ring, @cra_photography

 

Located In: Granite Bay.

Distance: 5 miles, out and back.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Know Before You Go: This is a local favorite for mountain bikers, so expect to share the trail. Parking in Folsom Lake SRA is $12. There are many different trails to choose from that can be added on for more mileage.

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Why We Love It: Close to home, lake access, accessible year-round, and boulders to climb…what’s not to love? This trail is perfect for a quick half-day hike or full day hanging at the lake.

Trail Notes: Like many trails in Folsom Lake SRA, there’s tons of poison oak. Make sure you know how to identify and avoid this troublesome herbage. As always, practice Leave No Trace ethics and go prepared with adequate clothing, footwear, and water.


by RYAN MARTINEZ

 


This trail is perfect for a quick half-day hike or full day hanging at the lake.

 



IF THE SHOE FITS: How to Choose Hiking Boots

When choosing hiking boots, there are two important factors: type and materials.

Type

Hiking Shoes
These are low-cut, low-weight shoes with good traction. Great for day hikes on established trails.

Day Hiking Boots
Mid- to high-cut, these provide ankle support and are more flexible and easily broken in than backpacking boots.

Backpacking Boots
These are always high-cut and meant for taking on heavier loads. Stiffer but longer lasting and great for off-trail adventures.

Materials

Upper Leather
Extremely durable and often allows for resoling. Low breathability and water-resistant.

Synthetic
Often nylon, polyester, or synthetic leather. Breathable, easily broken in, and lightweight.

Waterproof
Lightweight with low breathability.

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Header photo by Melissa Strand, @strandmel; Flower photo by Chris Ring, @cra_photography; Other Beeks Bight photos by Amanda Nassau, @holisticamanda; New Glory photos courtesy of New Glory. Hiking boot photo ©Alexander Raths - stock.adobe.com.


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