Pinoneer Express Trail

Sacramento, California 95842

Pinoneer Express Trail

Pinoneer Express Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Your trail wanders across terrain that affords an up close view of the geology the ancient river gravels and sands that beckoned miners of different eras, and ends with a bird’s eye view of Nimbus Dam. Pioneer Express Trail, which is part of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail, runs from Auburn to Sacramento and generally follows the American River. Twenty one miles of this trail wind through Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (FLSRA). Your trail stretches from the horse-assembly area at the historic Negro Bar downstream to Nimbus Dam at Mississippi Bar."

Pinoneer Express Trail Reviews

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7/8/2012
The first half of this hike, if you go counter-clockwise (North) from the second dam parking lot, is MUCH NICER. I strongly suggest doing an out-and-back and turning around about half way. The trail is difficult to find and mostly roads and parking lots during the second half. As it is, the hike is pleasant, especially if you take a dip in the smaller NE spur lake on a hot day.
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5/12/2012
Overall a good hike. While there were other people around and on the trail, it was not so much as to ruin the hike by any means. The side trip to the manmade waterfall, is by far the best part; it is a beautiful waterfall and a nice cool place for lunch.
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5/5/2012
Pretty easy hike; turning right from the trail head you have a number of small vertical oscillations initially but it levels out pretty quick; the only physical challenge to this one is the distance. We went on Cino de Mayo and were pleasantly surprised to find not a lot of people there; there were a few for sure, a number of campers, cyclists and fisherman as well as a couple other people with dogs but the traffic was much lighter than expected and there were a lot of prime camping sites that were vacant. All in all a good experience.
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6/13/2009
Very easy hike with no elevation gain. The only real challenge could be the distance. The scenery is nice as you are always in view of the lake. If you are looking for peace and quiet then you may want to avoid this trail during the busy season as you pass many access roads and campsites, including daysites where the Coors Light and kids are aplenty. Also keep an eye out for Mountain Bikers. Very popular trail for that. Also popular if you have a dog.
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4/26/2009
This is a fun little trail that can be enjoyed in all seasons and by those of all ages and activity levels. I frequently take my dogs for hike around the lake here (although, they must be on leashes and are not allowed in the lake). This trail takes you through a variety of different eco-systems from marshlands to pine forests. Do not forget to watch for Bald Eagles flying over and make sure to check out the Park Creek Waterfall. To avoid having to pay the park enttrance fee, park at lot off of Emmigrant trail (Past the second dam).
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Trail Information

Sacramento
Nearby City
9.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Negro Bar State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Folsom
Local Maps