From Sacramento: Take Highway 50 East towards Lake Tahoe. Get off on Folsom Blvd. in Folsom (which is the exit after Aerojet). Turn left and head towards Folsom. In about a mile and a half, turn right onto Blue Ravine Road. Blue Ravine curves around the outside of Folsom for something like 5 miles. Just past the intersection of Blue Ravine and Natoma Street (by the Albertson's) you will see Dike 8 on your left. About 1/2 mile past that intersection and at the end of the dike, there is a dirt parking lot on the left side. The trail starts by the "Beware of Mountain Lions" sign. Note that the Blue Ravine turns into Greenvalley after Natoma Street, but you still go straight through that intersection.
Critical turns: The trail is pretty well marked, but there are
a few tricky spots. From the trail head, go past the "Beware of Mountain
Lions" sign and up the hill. The trail is a continuance of the trail
that crosses the Dike, so just follow the trail up and to the right.
Note that this trail actually starts at the Folsom Dam, but most people
usually start at Dike 8 (the mile markers are off by about 2.5 miles if
you start at Dike 8). The only unmarked turn is about a half mile
past the 9 mile marker (I suppose that would be around 9.5 miles).
Turn left at the unmarked intersection. If you go straight, its no
big deal, you will end up on Guadeloupe Drive in a subdivision -- turn
around, and take the first right you come to (and don't miss it this time).
Be careful in this area, there are a lot of turns and its kinda easy to
be misled. After you pass a wooden trail marker sign there is a turn
that isn't very clearly marked. The trail T's, you want to turn right,
and if you look there is a sign about 20 feet to your right marking the
The trail ends at about 16.5 miles according to the mile markers (or about 14 miles from Dike 8). But you can easily connect to Sweetwater and then to Salmon Falls. There is a bridge that is usually submerged that crosses the reservoir. This fall (fall of '97) the bridge was above water for the first time in several years. Apparently it was used in the early 1900's to get to a large apple orchid in the hills. The bridge was replaced by the current Salmon Falls bridge sometime later. The bridge is just a little bit past the end of Dike 8. If you keep your eyes open toward the end of the trail and the bridge is above water, you will spot it easily. The bridge crosses the reservoir and connects up to Salmon Falls just before the Y in Salmon Falls trail about 3 miles into the trail. If the bridge is under water, you can still connect to Salmon Falls on dirt. When you get to the end of Dike 8, you will come out in a small parking lot that is sometimes used as a boat launch. There is a road to your right that goes to Salmon Falls Road. If you want, you can take this short road and turn left on Salmon Falls Road and follow the road to the bridge to to connect to Salmon Falls trail or you can take Sweetwater which starts about a mile down Salmon Falls road in the small dirt parking area on the left. Otherwise, you can connect up to Sweetwater on dirt. You have to kinda trail blaze here. There is a small ridge that is between the reservoir and Salmon Falls road. Sweetwater starts at the intersection of this ridge and Salmon Falls Road. So go in-between the reservoir and this little ridge, which shouldn't be a problem unless the lake is really high. There is a small creek that cuts through the area. Sweetwater starts just on the other side of this little creek right beside Salmon Falls Road. Hopefully you can find it, otherwise just take the road. You can take Sweetwater to Salmon Falls Trail and get about a 30 mile one way trip--thats a long hike!
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