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Get off the couch and explore Highway 50
H
ighway 50 has served gold miners, long haul truckers and now even families just looking for some fun. The highway takes travelers up to Tahoe, into the mountains and even right here in our own backyards of Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Discovering the charm of Folsom’s historic Sutter Street or shopping any of the shopping centers in town can all be done easily. The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau and other groups have put a lot of effort into ensuring the town and its amenities are known far and wide. And with hotels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds readily available, lodging isn’t a problem. Folsom has much to offer. Residents can list them from memory, usually naming Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma, Folsom Prison Museum, Folsom History Museum and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park as the major draws. But there are other hidden gems in the town such as the Folsom City Zoo, walking trails and pristine parks. El Dorado Hills boasts the gorgeous shopping mecca of Town Center with its easy highway access. Trails, parks and access to Folsom Lake are all great reasons to visit El Dorado Hills. Again, the EDH Chamber of Commerce and tight-knit business community is to thank for much of the area’s positive growth. Explore with the staff of the Telegraph as we look at 50 things to do on Highway 50. Some locations are off the beaten path, but we believe they are important pieces to the “things to do” puzzle. Don’t forget to check on the special events offered in the region. From Folsom Live! (Sept. 26) and the Folsom Pro Rodeo (July 2-4) to the Gourd Festival (Sept. 26-27) and Folsom Renaissance Faire (Oct. 17-18), there is something for everyone. If you have ideas for the next guide, feel free to e-mail us at folsomadmin @goldcountrymedia.com or post your ideas comments on our Web sites at FolsomTelegraph.com and EDHTelegraph.com. Happy reading and exploring. Get off the couch and get out there.
Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. He may be reached at donc@goldcountry media.com.

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Explore Gold Rush history
Penne Usher looks at Placerville, Folsom and Coloma for trips to learn about the area’s rich mining heritage. See page 6

Enjoy live theater
Don Chaddock peeks behind the curtain at the local theatrical scene in Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Placerville. See page 8

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Whether you prefer hoof, foot or pedal, there are trails for you. Equestrians, cyclists, runners, joggers and hikers have many options, and Bridget Jones rounds them up in this trail guide. See page 30

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The Fabulous 50, more commonly known as Highway 50, offers visitors and travelers many options ranging from live performances to outdoor recreation. This list is certainly not comprehensive, but is a starting point for readers to begin their own journey. The list is not in no particular order.
1. Coloma — The site of the first discovery of gold in

Explore Gold Rush history
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California in 1848 is at Coloma, located east on Highway 49 from Placerville. The state historic park sports a replica of John Sutter’s Mill, a Mormon cabin, museum and more. For more information, visit coloma.com. 2. Folsom Thursday Night Market — This seasonal market runs through the summer on Sutter Street in Folsom and features live entertainment, a farmers market and activities. For more information, visit folsomtnm.com. 3. El Dorado Hills Town Center — Conveniently located directly on Highway 50, this shopping center hosts live concerts and other community events throughout the year. For more information, visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com. 4. Lake Tahoe — The Jewel of the Sierra, Lake Tahoe is a destination all year long. From skiing to swimming to boating and hiking, South Lake Tahoe is a hub of activities. For more information, go to visitinglaketahoe.com. 5. Shakespeare Festival — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor draws thousands of visitors every year. This year’s festival is scheduled for July 11 through Aug. 23. 6. Folsom History Museum — Featuring displays on local history, including the Pony Express and the Gold Rush, the museum is located at 823 Sutter St. in Folsom. For more information, visit folsomhistorymuseum.org. 7. Folsom Aquatic Center — Located at 1200 Riley St. in Folsom, the Aquatic Center is managed by the city. The facility features a pool, a water slide and splash pool. For more information, visit folsom.ca.us or call (916) 355-8318. 8. Hangtown — Highway 50 intersects with Highway 49 at Placerville, providing easy access to plenty of Gold Rush history. The town also features many dining establishments, antique shops and a museum in its historic business district. For more information about Placerville, visit cityofplacerville.org 9. Live Music — There are plenty of live music venues along the Highway 50 corridor, including the Powerhouse Pub at the corner of Riley and Sutter streets in
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The foothills are rich with Gold Rush era history, which remains alive and well in Placerville and Folsom’s historic district. It was on Jan. 24, 1848, that James Marshall picked up a bright pebble of gold near the town of Coloma, about nine miles north of Placerville on Highway 49, setting off the California Gold Rush. The original site of Marshall’s discovery and several historic buildings that have survived over the years are now part of California’s state parks. The Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma features a museum, restored building and costumed docents to assist visitors with their trek back in time. Visitors can pan for gold and watch the local blacksmith turn iron into works of art. Placerville’s Historic Main Street district, about 40 miles east of Sacramento on Highway 50, remains a thriving area with the feel of the days gone by. Boasting “the oldest continuously operating hardware store east of the Mississippi,” Placerville makes it easy for visitors to imagine the day when miners came into town for their supplies, meals and entertainment.

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“This is one place we have to bring out-oftown visitors,” said Martha Hawthorne of the Placerville Hardware store. “Not only can you get regular hardware stuff, like nails and screws, but there are so many unusual gift items.” Unique specialty shops, galleries and antique stores now take up residency in many of the city’s historic buildings. Mexican, seafood and sundry eateries line the blocks of Main Street providing ample opportunity for visitors to fill up before exploring the area. Taking a step back in

‘There is a lot to do in (Folsom).’
Pam Conrad Folsom Historical Society

time however, doesn’t have to be isolated to Placerville. A short drive west toward Sacramento lies the city of Folsom with it’s own lengthy history. Folsom is well known mostly due to Johnny Cash’s famous song about the Folsom Prison. But the city’s history began in the mid1800s with the Gold Rush. A walk down Sutter Street in Folsom’s His-

toric District can transport visitors back in time. “There is a lot to do here,” said Pam Conrad, of the Folsom Historical Society. “We have jobs, museums, galleries, bike rental, antiques, gifts, books and plenty of dining and drinking establishments.” Conrad said if visitors are willing to take the short four-block walk they will find history abounds in the area. “There are historic homes in the surrounding blocks around Sutter, plenty of restaurants and wooden side walks right here along the river,” she said.

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BY DON CHADDOCK
THE TELEGRAPH

You don’t need a big city to see quality live theater. The area is home to numerous theatrical groups including a full time theater. “We do shows 52 weeks a year,” said Stage Nine Theater co-owner Mike Jimena. “In this region, (we’re) the only real independent full-time theater.” The theater is located on Sutter Street in Folsom’s historic business district. Jimena said Stage Nine focuses on family entertainment. “We actually have three series now,” he said. “Our

“We’re not worried about changing the world, we’re worried about entertaining it.”
Mike Jimena, co-owner Stage Nine Theater

big push is entertainment for the whole family.” The theater offers a more mature show, one for children and another for senior citizens. “We have Off Broadway that is more geared toward late teens to adults,” Jimena said. “We have our young people show, which (is when) parents and

grandparents bring children to enjoy the beauty of theater.” Jimena said the children’s shows are not a form of “lesser” theater, but rather shorter and featuring stories more apt to capture a child’s attention. “The subject matter and the length of the production is geared toward a younger mind,” he said, citing recent productions of “Pinocchio” and “Snow White” as examples. “We put no less time or money into those productions. It’s directed by Allen Schmeltz, which is about as respected as you get in children’s theater.”

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Actors perform “Escanaba in da Moonlight” at Stage Nine Theater in early 2009. The theater presents live performances weekly all year long.
He said senior citizens will find familiar material at their senior shows. “The senior program is a Thursday night show. The way we promote it is you don’t have to be a senior to get the show. For example, ‘The Carsino Show’ is based on the old Johnny Carson show, so while teens may enjoy the production value and acting, they may not get all the jokes,” he said. When not producing stage plays, the theater also hosts classes. “We also have our support system, our academy,” he said. “We’re building our theatrical future though them so they grow as artists. Our classes aren’t production based.” Stage Nine said the big cities can handle the edgier material for now. “We’re not worried about changing the world, we’re worried about entertaining it,” he said. Upcoming productions include “Hats,” a play based on the founding of the Red Hat Society,” and “Charlotte’s Web.” During the holiday season, Stage Nine puts on “Holiday in the Hills,” based on characters ripped from Folsom’s past. “This will be the fourth year of doing it. It is always the one tried-and-true deal,” Jimena said. “The host character is always Peter J. Hopper, who was the editor of The Folsom Telegraph around 1880 or so.”

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som Lake is perfect for boating enthusiasts and easy access to ramps are provided at Folsom Point, off of Natoma Street in Folsom, and Brown’s Ravine, off of Green Valley Road. Fees are posted at
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Apple Hill is a favorite for many Highway 50 travelers
Apple Hill in Camino, just east of Placerville, is number 12 on the list. During peak season, the area features pony rides for the kids, fishing in the pond, fresh baked goodies, wagon rides and more. For information on activities throughout the year, visit applehill.com.

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In May for the last few years, a local town on Highway 50 has had a big bash held in its honor — despite being home to just one family. Clarksville is located on White Rock Road just before Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills. On May 9, the ghost town shook off its cobwebs and opened its gates to visitors for the first time and more than 3,000 people took advantage of the free event. The previous events had been held at the El Dorado Hills Library. The family friendly event features Pony Express Remount demonstrations, a Civil War era encampment, the Mormon Battalion re-enactment group, gold panning, music and more. Clarksville was founded during the Gold Rush with the construction of Mormon Tavern, according to the Clarksville Historical Society. The town eventually grew around the tavern and served as a supply station for those traveling into the hills to mine for gold, according to Betty January, president of the historical society. “It was founded probably around 1847,” she said. “This town emerged as a gateway to the gold fields. It’s had many ups and downs (during its history).” Present-day El Dorado Hills is built on the foun-

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Goldpanner Rus Kurz, left, shows Carol Thomas and her grandchildren, Nick, 7, and Katie Cates, 9, the art of goldpanning at the third annual Clarksville Day Celebration. Did you know that the Pony Express, which came through Clarksville, only operated from 1860-61? Here Dan Detrich of the National Pony Express Association reenacts a delivery charge during the event.
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dation of Clarksville, according to January. “Around 1960, it was pretty well done in,” she said. “(That’s when a developer) came in, bought all the land and changed the name to El Dorado Hills.” Some of the dozen structures still standing date back to the 1860s. One of those is a modest house that has seen better days. “One famous (building here) is the Kyburz house,” she said. “Samuel Kyburz moved in here in the late 1860s. His house is still barely standing.” Kyburz once worked for John Sutter, the man credited with starting the California Gold Rush. When the Kyburz home in Sacramento was flooded in the 1860s, he packed up and moved to higher ground in Clarksville. His home is visible from the roadway during the event. Due to structural instability, those attending are kept out of the buildings, according to January. One building that was

open to the public was the old one-room schoolhouse that once educated the town’s children. “United School, part of the Buckeye School District, closed its doors probably in the 1950s,” she said. The schoolhouse found a new lease on life as a barn. It was moved up the road from its original site and modified for its new role. “They added these sides to it,” January said. It is visible from Highway 50 as motorists drive east just before the Bass Lake Grade. “If they look to the right, they will see the red barn,” she said. “That is the old schoolhouse.” The town is also home to a significant stretch of a historic highway. “This roadway here is probably the longest stretch of the Lincoln Highway in California,” she said. “It goes right through Clarksville.” Pat Thomsen, historical society secretary, said the event is important. “We hold it to celebrate our history,” she said. “It gives residents a chance to see what we had before and how they lived. It just amazes me when you go and see these houses that they just had two boards between them and the elements.” To get to Clarksville, take White Rock Road or Silva Valley Parkway heading toward Highway 50.

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the outlets included in the center are Calvin Klein, Converse, Guess, Izod, Jockey, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. For a complete list, visit premiumoutlets.com.
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the commercial application of electricity. H.P Liv. ermore realized that the water of the American River could turn generators for electricity in Sacramento, located 22 miles downstream. With his partners, Livermore built the powerhouse, which still looks much as it did in 1895. The opening of the powerhouse brought with it a “grand electric carnival” parade through downtown Sacramento and a 100-gun salute from a detachment of soldiers near the substation. Vintage generators are still in place at the powerhouse, as is the control switchboard. Visitors touring the powerhouse can see the massive

General Electric transformers, each capable of conducting up to 11,000 volts of electricity. For more information, call (916) 985-4843. 21. Sacramento Drivein — One of the few remaining drive-in theaters is located at Bradshaw and Highway 50, 9616 Oates Drive in Rancho Cordova. The theater is open, despite rumors to the contrary. For more information, call (916) 363-6572. 22. Old Sacramento — Highway 50 merges with Interstate 5, taking motorists right to Old Sacramento. The area features museums, historic buildings and the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St. For more information, visit oldsacramento.com. 23. Red Hawk Casino — If you don’t feel like driv-

ing all the way to Nevada, stop in at the Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs near Placerville. For more information, visit redhawkcasino.com. 24. Wine tasting — For those looking for a quick stroll while wine tasting, visit Sutter Street. There is the Cellar Wine and Cheese Bar, 727 Sutter St., (916) 293-9332, and Procissi Cellars in the 600 block of Sutter, (916) 6089179. For the more adventurous, head up to El Dorado County where the region is turning into a little Napa Valley. For a list of wineries and wine tasting events, go to visit-eldorado.com or call (800) 4571624. 25. Go golfing (private) — Private golf courses abound in the area. is located at 1620 East
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Poison’d, a Poison tribute band, performs on Sutter Street in Folsom at last year’s Folsom Live. The event is the area’s largest street party and features bands performing on multiple stages, food, dancing, shopping and more. The next one is scheduled for Sept. 26. The event is number 34 on the list.

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Natoma St. in Folsom, (916) 817-8100, Serrano Country Club is located at 5005 Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills, (916) 9335005 and Cameron Park Country Club, 3201 Royal Drive in Cameron Park, (530) 672-7900. 26. Go golfing (public) — There are some great public courses available to those looking for a quick trip to the links. Bass Lake Golf Course is located at 13000 Alexandrite Drive in Rescue. For more information, call (530) 677-4653. Other public courses include Apple Mountain, Camino Heights, Cold Springs and Sierra.

27. Hiking — Trails are plentiful off of Highway 50. Around Folsom, there are trails along the American River, Folsom Lake and Folsom Boulevard. Just keep you eye out for trail signs as you embark on your adventures. 28. Go to jail — Folsom Prison Museum is located next to the historic prison off of Natoma Street in Folsom. For information on the prison and its exhibits, call (916) 9852561, Ext. 458 or visit folsomprisonmuseum.org. 29. River Cats Stadium

31. Gold Panning — Go gold panning. There are lots of options, including demonstrations at Coloma and at Gold Bug Mine in Placerville. 32. Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse is moving into

the Nimbus Winery at Hazel and Folsom Boulevard. It will open soon.
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— Watch the River Cats play and attend other events. It’s located across from Old Sacramento. 30. State Capitol — Visit the State Capitol building and grounds in the heart of Sacramento.

the Town Center, the movie theater utilizes IMAX technology, but sadly, not the iconic huge screen. Seeing a movie in the crisp digital IMAX quality in an air-conditioned theater can easily make up for the smaller screen. 34. Folsom Live — The area’s biggest street party takes place on Sutter
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Get out on the trails
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The canyons of the American River offer trails for beginners and experts alike but for a nice easy walk with small children, the South Fork of the American River in Coloma is perfect. From the parking lot for the Coloma State Historic Park, there are clearly marked trails following the river. Well shaded, your children will get a clear view of rafters, small wildlife and flowers. There are also plaques along the route to explain the 1848 discovery of gold by James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill.

As always, wear sunscreen, watch your step and bring water. Back across Highway 49, there are more small trails along the hillside overlooking the park. Children can see a replica Maidu shelter and what the natives used for food storage. About a half-mile of walking is good for small children while older kids may not appreciate it quite as much. For the more adventurous, there is Wright’s Lake and the desolation wilderness area east of Placerville along Highway 50. Folsom Lake State Recreation Area boasts

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For trails along the North and Middle Forks of the American River, visit parc-auburn.org. For trails near the South Fork of the American River, visit arconservancy.org.

numerous trails, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty level. During periods of low water, some of the settlements flooded by the creation of the Folsom Dam begin to surface. These are best viewed in late fall or early in the year before the rainy season starts.

The trails along the South Fork of the American River in Coloma are well maintained. Although they are short, the trails are perfect for families with strollers or small children.
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ery — Located at 2001 Nimbus Road in Gold Run, the visitor center for the hatchery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (916) 358-2820. 38. Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary — Rescued ani-

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Street on the fourth Saturday in September. This year’s bash is Sept. 26. The event features dancing, live music on three stages, shopping and dining. For more information, visit folsomchamber.com.
35. American River Bike Trail — This famous bike

trail runs from Beal’s Point in Granite Bay all the way to Sacramento. For more information, visit saccycle.com. 36. Fishing — From river fishing to lake fishing, Highway 50 offers easy access to all of these options. Check with local parks and facilities for rules.
37. Nimbus Fish Hatch-

mals are on display in natural settings at the zoo in Folsom, located at 403 Stafford St. For more information on activities and hours of operation, call (916) 351-3527. 39. Nimbus Winery — This “winery” is actually a shopping center and is also home to Tommy T’s Comedy Steakhouse and other shops. It is located at 12401 Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova. 40. Ski — When the weather is right, there
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Folsom Lake is full of fun
There are many lakes along the Highway 50 corridor, but one offers plenty of activities without a lot of driving — Folsom Lake. Reaching up into Granite Bay, Salmon Falls, Coloma, El Dorado Hills and Folsom, the lake’s recreation area features boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, kayaking, rafting, hiking and more. The campgrounds at the lake — Beal’s Point and Peninsula — fill up quickly. For those not looking to get wet, there is also the Oaks Nature Trail. Just over three-quarters of a mile long, the trail is accessible for the disabled and is considered easy for all fitness levels, according to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. There are interpretive panels located along the trail. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the oak woodland, lake shore views and the various creek side habitats. Wildlife that can be seen include deer, fox, wild turkeys and various reptiles.
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nothing like fresh powder on the mountain. Some popular ski resorts on Highway 50 include Heavenly Ski Resort. Access to the resort is at the gondola at Heavenly Village on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe. They offer off-season events and activities, so there’s plenty to do even when the snow has melted. For more information, visit

skiheavenly.com. Sierra at Tahoe is also located near South Lake. For more information, visit sierraattahoe.com.
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42. Placerville Speedway — This place, locat-

ed at 100 Placerville Drive, seats 1,600 and when the racers get going, so will your adrenaline. For more information, go to placervillespeed way.com.
43. Drive through the airpark — Cameron Park’s

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Spring is a great time to view the wildflowers along the hillsides and fields around Highway 50. These flowers were spotted growing near the South Fork of the American River.

Air Park is a place where you’ll see driveways going right up to houses, only instead of a car, an airplane is parked out front. The airpark is located along Highway 50. For more information, call (530) 676-8316. 44. Fine dining — Visit the chambers of commerce in Placerville, El

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miles of multi-use trails and two launch ramps for boating. For more information, call (916) 9880205. 49. Horseback riding — Many of the area’s trails are perfect for horses, just be sure to mind the rules. To learn how to ride horses, you can check out Paradise Ranch Equestrian Center, 4831 Paradise Lane in Placerville, (530) 644-7923. 50. Cave Rock — Just on the other side of the state line is an enormous rock that Highway 50 runs right through. It is a site considered sacred to the Native Americans and rock climbing is no longer allowed, but there is a hiking trail located off the road. The hike is only about a 1/2 mile in length. The trailhead is in the Cave Rock Estates, 3 miles north of Zephyr Cove and just south of the Cave Rock tunnel. The wellmaintained trail ends at the base of the rock, about 20 feet below the very top. Children over 6 years old and those of average ability should have no problem navigating the narrow trail to the top. There is enough room sit sit, relax and take in the view. If you plan on climbing to the very top, wear sturdy hiking boots, take water and wear sunscreen.
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fect view of the front of the Folsom Dam. When the dam was constructed in the mid-1950s, many small communities, farms and historic mining sites were submerged under the lake. During periods of low water, some of the foundations of the original structures resurface. The road is accessible from either Folsom-Auburn Boulevard or East Natoma Street in Folsom.
48. See the Nimbus Dam

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Folsom boasts top-notch trails for bikes, hikes
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As the weather warms, those seeking to venture out of doors this time of year have a plethora of choices throughout Placer and El Dorado counties. Local residents can experience the thrill of hiking for very little money on nearby trails. Granite Bay residents can access the Miner’s Ravine Trail through the Miner’s Ravine Nature Reserve on Auburn Folsom Road. Cari Colonius, a local mother and REI Outdoor School instructor, said she enjoys biking on and taking her son to the trails, but encourages hikers to remember that they will be sharing the trail with others. “It’s multi-use, so that’s one thing people need to keep in mind – it’s not just hikers,” Colonius said. “You see wildlife too – you see lots of birds. That (trail’s) nice because you can access it from a bunch of different places, and it’s free.” “There are interpretive signs and it’s all in the wetland area,” Colonius said. “It talks about the salmon, it talks about the wildlife there, all the geographic features. So, it’s a nice little interpretive place.” Local residents also have a wide array of trails available to them through the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Those interested in hiking these

trails need only follow Douglas Boulevard to the Granite Bay access point. Supervising Ranger T. Guardino of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area said there are numerous trails within this system, and hikers can pick various destinations. “The benefits of our particular park are we have a lot of trails,” Guardino said. “To go up river, you can start at the kiosk at Granite Bay, and you could end up in Tahoe. You could walk all the way to Auburn. There is just a vast amount of trails. You can walk on a fire road (and) you can walk on single track trails. We have multi-use trails. There’re trails that are horses and people only and no bicycles, and there are trails where you can ride bicycles.” Guardino said hikers looking for ideal destinations should feel free to inquire at the Granite Bay access point kiosk. Beal’s Point is a downriver hike and is a day-use as well as overnight camping area. This beach also includes a snack bar that rents pedal boats, sail boats, jet skis and other water sport equipment. The city of Folsom also has several great trail systems for those interested

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Cyclists also enjoy Folsom’s trails, where they can ride next to Lake Natoma, Folsom Lake or throughout the city.
in getting outdoors to see some wildlife or spend some time with family. The Humbug-Willow Creek Trail system is a good place for families with young children to take a walk and see some wetlands and wildlife. “That’s probably the best beginner area, and there are parks along the trail … they could start on or stop at,” said Jim Konopka, senior park planner of trails for the city of Folsom. “There are several large ponds with a lot of birds. It’s definitely an area you can watch birds or sit along the water and watch different wildlife. It’s a great spot to relax and get away from the city life right in (our) own backyard. It’s perfect for someone just getting started (hiking) with young kids.” The new Folsom Lake Crossing bridge has also become a popular spot for runners and bicyclists, because it connects directly to the bike trail on Folsom-Auburn Road and offers great views of Folsom Dam. “That one we’ve got just an incredible response (about),” Konopka said. “People keep saying there’re more bikes than cars. Even for pedestrians and runners, people love to use it for that. That’s probably been the most popular section we’ve had ever since it opened.” New York Creek Trail in El Dorado Hills is another way to escape city life without traveling farther than Community Park on Harvard Way. The 1 ½mile trail ends in the Art Weisberg Park across from Jackson Elementary School. “I think the New York Creek Trail is one of our most beautiful trails,” said Dianna Hillyer, director of planning for El Dorado Hills Community Services District. “It’s not paved, it’s very native looking. It’s a good hiking trail, not necessarily a biking trail. We’ve got hawks (out there), and those are always interesting to check out. There’re several different kinds of oak trees out there.” Mike Daly, an El Dorado Hills resident, said he loves to walk his German Shepherd, Shasta, on the trail system in Community Park because it helps her socialize with people and other dogs. “It’s a good place for the exercise part of it and the socialization,” Daly said. “It gives her a little bit of exercise and me too, and, especially on sunny days, it’s nice here.” Colonius said hiking is a great activity for local residents who want to get out and have fun, but who also need to save some money. “I think it’s a wonderful activity at any time,” she said. “And I think in stressful economic times it can be even better because it gets you out and it doesn’t cost you anything.”

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