Hole in one

Hiking along the shoreline at Folsom Lake, especially in the areas that are normally underwater, you never know what sort of fascinating landscape details you might find. I’m always especially curious about what’s inside those dark little caves and whether they’re naturally formed or man made.

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Home away

I’ve written before about the various driftwood shelters to be found along the shores of Folsom Lake, like this one or this one. Or like the large one along the South Fork near Salmon Falls, which until now was my solid favorite. That changed a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled across an even more lovingly constructed shelter near […]

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North Fork Ditch

I’m sure that one reason I find the North Fork Ditch remnants at Folsom Lake so fascinating is that their history goes all the way back to the mid 1850s. (Ditches were also constructed around the same period along both sides of the South Fork, but I’ve never seen the remains of these.) I’ve shot photos of bits and pieces […]

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Shy redheads

I’m quite used to spotting Rufous-crowned Sparrows along the bike trail at Lake Natoma; and apparently they are also used to seeing people using the trail, given their fairly bold behavior and willingness to pose for pictures. Out at Folsom Lake, along the north fork of the American River, the birds are much more shy — so I was pleased […]

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Stone mason aqueduct

A few days ago I posted a photo I shot at Folsom Lake showing a high curved rock wall. I took my initial pictures from a distance and didn’t have a chance to explore the wall more closely — but when I got home and started looking at the area on Google maps, something odd caught my attention. The screenshot […]

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Hitting the trail

I’ve visited this same area of Folsom Lake twice in the last two weeks, and both times the skies were mostly dull and overcast. Today, the sun came out, and I couldn’t resist going back to do some more trail exploration. There’s so much to discover along a number of different trails and  plenty of cool details that I missed […]

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Lake views

Fortunately, you don’t need to buy an expensive mansion overlooking Folsom Lake to take in the natural beauty found within the state park. Even on a dreary day in the middle of winter there are scenic views and colorful surprises just waiting to be discovered.

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