Back to index Folsom Lake from Beal's Point to Granite Bay
Trip Date:  04/08/2015

: 12.4 Miles

Vertical Gain: 450'

Group Size: 1

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Beals to Granite Bay Route
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Beals to Granite Bay Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 42.414, W 121 10.248     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Folsom Lake Crossing north, or Folsom Auburn Rd north or south to the intersection of these two roads on the west side of Folsom Dam.  Park in the lot behind the 7-Eleven in a location far from the businesses in the lot.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, mountain lions. Crowd Factor:   Moderate to High.  There are many trails in this area popular with dog-walkers, bicyclists, joggers and other hikers.  Especially in the summer you will meet up with many people along this area of Folsom Lake State Park.
General Notes:
From the parking spot head back west to the pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Folsom Lake Crossing and Folsom Auburn Rd.  This is the only safe way to cross to the other side to start the hike.  Once there, head north, picking up the bike trail which you will follow for a little over the next mile, passing a number of Folsom Dam buildings on either side of the trail.  Part of the dam will be on your right as you follow along the first section of this journey.  Once you reach the Beal's Point area, you will cross a parking area and then pick up the single track trail for the old Pioneer Express trail around the west side of the lake as you head north.  There are so many crossing paths in the direction that it might be hard to distinguish which one is the actual trail, but generally you will follow what mostly looks like a gravelly dirt road much of the way around this side of the lake.

Very early along the way this sign will indicate you are heading the correct direction. Trailhead
Another helpful sign along the first section of bike trail. Another helpful sign
Folsom Lake area is known for its abundance of Poison Oak, but even this was impressive to see along the trail. There is tons of this
Heading across Dyke 6 just past Beal's Point. Dyke 6
Looking east across Folsom Lake toward Flagstaff Hill on the left and Pine Hill near Rescue to the middle right.
Looking east across Folsom Lake
A quick look back across the lake toward the main dam area. Looking back at the dam
General look of the trail for much of the way.
Hiking partner
A very dry section of the Granite Bay beach area.
Dry Granite Bay beach
The boat launch area just about the turnaround point for today's hike.
Boat Launch
Small bridge along the way back.
Old bridge
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike