Hill to Pioneer Express Trail Hike
|Trip Date: 03/10/2015
Distance: 10.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1950'
Group Size: 1
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|This is the canal trail that you will follow from the parking area for about half a mile (or less.)|
|Look for signs from the road that will get you onto the Cardiac Bypass trail.|
|After jumping on the Cardiac Bypass trail from the canal trail, you will be on a flat area for about 3/10 of a mile before starting the steep descent along the Cardiac Hill trail.|
|The path along the top of the hill is very flat, through a nice green meadow (in winter.) There are a number of nice homes to the west which enjoy this area as a view from their backyard.|
|This sign is the start of the steep descent into the canyon, where you will wind up pretty much at river level in the next mile and a half.|
|A local property owner has granted permission onto his property to allow people to still use the Cardiac Hill trail, but there are signs letting you know very clearly where not to go. And, of course, many trails which lead off into the private property.|
|There were many of these all
along the trail on this day.
|Lots of switchbacks on the Cardiac Hill trail, including this section where you could see three of them at once.|
down at the river level, the rest of the trail pretty much followed it
without too much elevation change, but there were a few sections which
climbed a bit and afforded nice views in the canyon.
|Even in a pretty low water
year, this spot had a nice view into a deep blue pool along the way.
2 1/2 miles along the river trail the actual start of Folsom Lake could
be seen. Still a bit low but much better than the year before.
the way back I decided to take a slightly different way (partially up
the road,) and was rewarded with the surprising sight of Knickerbocker
Creek Falls out of Cool.
|Especially enticing is the
lowest falls in the series, which reminds me of some of the Maui
waterfalls we have enjoyed.
small memorial for jogger Bill McCullough is in memory of his sudden
passing at this spot in 2001 along the Cardiac Bypass trail due to a
previously unknown heart condition.
|GPS Track of the full hike.|