Back to index Brown's Ravine to Lakehills Hike
Trip Date:  01/28/2015

: 9.8 Miles

Vertical Gain: 810'

Group Size: 1
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
Browns Ravine Hike
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Browns Ravine Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 42.505, W 121 05.514     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   From Green Valley Road heading east from Folsom or west from El Dorado Hills, turn south at the light for Brown's Ravine and Miller Road.  Park along Miller Rd near the storage units, or make and immediate right and park along the road paralleling Green Valley Rd.  The trailhead is back across Green Valley Rd.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, mountain lions. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to busy.  This is a trail which is very close to residential areas, with many trails intersecting the main one from the local neighborhoods.
General Notes:
Once you enter the Brown's Ravine State Park, follow the road until you can see the Ranger Pay Station up ahead.  Stay on the trail to the right (east) of the entrance road, and you will find the trailhead in a grove of trees directly east of the pay station with a large sign for the trail mileages.  From this point the trail climbs slightly, and follows the edge of the lake for the five miles up to the top of Lakehills point.   There can be many bikers and equestrians on this multi-use trail, so keep a sharp eye out for them and avoid some of the spur trails which may lead to private property.

You know you are in the right spot once you cross Green Valley road from the parking area and see this sign. Entrance to the park
The sign at the trailhead area with the mileages to various points along the trail.
Trailhead sign
Pretty typical view of the trail along the early section from Brown's Ravine north. Early trail
The trail curves around a number of inlets from the lake that hopefully will be filled with water later this spring. Looking at the lake
A passageway cut through what would otherwise be a completely impassable area.
Looking back at Folsom Lake from near Lakehills point. Lake view
Wildlife (big rats!) along the trail near the residential homes. Wildlife
A couple of close up shots of the main plant around Folsom Lake. Folsom Lake's Favorite plant More plant
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike