The river returns

If you’d like to get at least some hint of what the American River looked like prior to the building of Folsom Dam, try hiking the shore in the area between Sweetwater Creek and the New Salmon Falls Bridge (built in 1953) during the late fall/early winter season. The area is certainly more picturesque in the springtime; but if you […]

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Trail signs

Most of the signs I see along the trail when hiking are ordinary things, offering information or giving directions. I usually appreciate seeing them because they reassure me I’m headed in the right direction — even if the signs themselves seem a little confused. Other signs leave me scratching my head; surely they have a meaning, even if I can’t […]

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Rock garden

I always find a strange beauty in the enormous granite outcroppings arising out of the earth around the area of Folsom Lake. According to one source (PDF link), the Folsom granite is about 128 million years old; I grew up seeing large granite rocks like these all over the Sierra foothills, so they are both familiar and mysterious to me. […]

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Granite maze

Indian summer at Folsom Lake. Hiking from the Doton’s Point parking lot at Granite Bay, you can literally get lost in the tangle of intersecting trails climbing over and between huge granite outcrops to the top of the ridge. Once you arrive at the highest point, enjoy the view! Because you’re definitely going to get confused again, trying to find […]

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Two seasons

I used the same camera and tried to find the same spot where I was standing in March 2019; but after a few minutes of hiking around under the warm midday sun (and trying to avoid the small groups of sunseekers heading for the water’s edge), I lined up the profile of the foothills as best I could and headed […]

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All the angles

I’ve been out to Beek’s Bight at Folsom Lake so many times that I figured I may as well share some of my photos from the past few years. So many of my visits seem to happen in the wintertime when the water level is low and more rocky points are exposed (if you’ve ever gone bass fishing, that will […]

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