Back to index Sophia Pkwy to Folsom Point Hike
Trip Date:  03/17/2015

: 3.6 Miles

Vertical Gain: 100'

Group Size: 1

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Sophia to Folsom Point Route
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Sophia Folsom Point Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 42.030, W 121 06.379     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Green Valley Rd near the western end of El Dorado County.  At Sophia Parkway turn north, and park anywhere along the side of Sophia Pkwy on either side of the road.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, mountain lions. Crowd Factor:   High.  This is a very popular and easily accessible trail, and on weekdays, and especially weekends there will be many other hikers, bikers and dog-walkers out on the trail.
General Notes:
From your parking spot head south to the intersection of Green Valley Rd and Sophia Parkway and cross with the light.  From this side of the road the trail starts, with a sign displaying information on the construction being currently done on the Folsom Lake Dam a few miles to your west.  The trail immediately heads up the hill, and at the top of the rise you will continue straight around the lake.  Once at the top of the hill follow the trail down to the left toward the rocky dyke which heads west with the lake to your right.  Follow along the top of this dyke for about a mile until it reaches a metal gate on the other end, and then turn to your right.  Follow the dirt paths to your north which will lead to the parking and picnic area for Folsom Point in just about a half a mile.

The trailhead for this hike just south of the intersection of Green Valley Road and Sophia Parkway. Trailhead
The trail across the Dyke over to Folsom Point across the way. Across the dyke
Walking along the dyke you have a lot of construction (in 2015) on the left side as they work to improve the quality of the dyke, but on the right side you have a nicer view across the lake. Lake from the dyke
A closer look at Folsom Point as you get about 1/2 way across the top of the dyke. Folsom Point area
The difference between winter and summer on this trail is amazing.
Looking east from Folsom Point
Historical plaque for Mormon Island at the Folsom Point picnic area. Mormon Island plaque
My trustworthy route-finding hiking partner.
Hiking partner
Flagstaff Hill across the lake from the picnic area.
Flagstaff Hill
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike