Lake Natoma Loop

Sacramento, California 95821

Lake Natoma Loop

Lake Natoma Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This daylong hike circumnavigates the lower of two reservoirs on the American River. Lake Natoma is smaller, narrower, and mellower than Folsom Lake, with the paved circuit trail never straying far from the shady shoreline.

Though better known as a cycling circuit, this long ramble around Lake Natoma is perfect for walking, talking, getting a great workout, and enjoying some of the best lakeside scenery Sacramento has to offer."

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"This daylong hike circumnavigates the lower of two reservoirs on the American River. Lake Natoma is smaller, narrower, and mellower than Folsom Lake, with the paved circuit trail never straying far from its shady shoreline.

Though better known as a cycling circuit, this long ramble around Lake Natoma is perfect for walking, talking, getting a great workout, and enjoying some of the best lakeside scenery Sacramento has to offer. Though far from little, Lake Natoma is dwarfed by its larger neighbor to the east, Folsom Lake."

"Scenic Lake Natoma is the focus of this paved loop trail, and it offers a number of options for exploration by foot, bike, or even kayak. The end points of the loop have easy access to light rail public transportation, which means you can leave your car at home. It also means that you can do half the loop and make your way back to your starting point via light rail. Wildlife abounds in the marshes and oak woodlands along the loop, which also provides glimpses of Gold Rush history."

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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
11.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
6-8 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Boat Launch/Ramp, Swimming, Boating
Additional Use
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, 7755 Folsom-Auburn Rd., Folsom 95630; (916) 988-0205; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500
Local Contacts
USGS Folsom CA; online at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500 (click on park brochure link); available at park entry stations.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018