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Granite Bay

Page Type: Trail

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.76553°N / 121.13105°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Placer

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 200 ft / 61 m

Length: 10.0 Mi / 16.1 Km

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Created/Edited: Jan 6, 2010 / Jan 20, 2010

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Overview

A complex of trails on the North Side of Folsom lake. Mostly smooth hard pack dirt with a few technical sections. Fun and easy to ride.

 
Granite Bay Trail in spring
 

Trail Description

This trail consists mostly of hard-pack dirt with the occasional rock garden thrown in for fun. There are multiple nested loops with with side trails for the more adventurous.

Getting There

There are several ways to reach the Granite Bay Trails. The first is to enter through the Granite Bay section of Folsom Lake, part of the California Parks system for The Folsom Lake Recreation Area. From Highway 50 Take the Folsom exit north and travel until you reach Douglas Bvld. About 8 miles. Turn right. Continue until the entrance gate. This requires at this time to pay a 10 dollar day use fee. Once in the park, drive to any of the parking lots and find the myriad of trails heading off the the north.

The second way (which is free) is to park near at the end of Twin lakes road. As described above, continue down Folsom road to the north, crossing Douglas Blvd. You sill soon enter a more rural looking area. Continue for about 3 miles past Douglas Blvd. You will pass a Fire Station on your left. About .5 miles after is Twin Rocks Road, turn right. Continue down the road and when it makes a sharp left turn, pull off into a dirt lot. The trials begin at the gate just to the west.

When to Bike

You can ride here all season but the spring time is the best. In the summer the trails can get dry and dusty. Also the temperatures can soar to over 100. While in the winter the monsoon like rain makes for a lot of mud and trail erosion is a problem.

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Granite Bay Trail in spring