Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse SHP Road and Trail Management Plan

The Draft Plan is Ready for Review 

The draft Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park Road and Trail Management Plan is available for review and can be located herethe appendices can be found here.  This is your opportunity to provide comment on proposed recommendations developed through public and agency input.   Please review the plan and provide input using the interactive comment tool located here.  If needed comments can also be submitted by email to trails@parks.ca.gov.  Comment submittal deadline is June 22, 2022. 

Join our next public meeting on June 8th, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 pm

California State Parks and planning and environmental consulting firm Placeworks, Inc. are working toward completion of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP), which includes both Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park (SHP). Next steps include continued opportunities for public participation, finalizing the proposed plan, and environmental review of the proposed plan in compliance with CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act).

Family Hiking to Avreys Pond Pioneer Express Trail
Equestrians on Shady Trail
Mountain Bikers Near Dotons Point Shoreline Access Trail Granite Bay

How To Participate

California State Parks invites you to participate in the planning process:

  1. Review the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park Road and Trail Management Plan located here, the appendices can be found here, and provide your comments using the interactive comment tool located here.  You may also submit comments to trails@parks.ca.gov. Comment submittal deadline is June 22, 2022.

  2. Join our next public meeting on June 8th, 2022, from 6:00-8:00 pmwhen the draft RTMP will be summarized and public input solicited.

  3. Join our mailing list to receive updates about the RTMP.

  4. If you missed the October 2021 public meeting, review the presentationsummary, or archived recording.

  5. See ideas that have been shared in the previously submitted public comments. Comments submitted prior to October 26, 2021. Comments provided after October 26, 2021.

  6. Do you have other suggestions or questions about the plan or process? Let us know at trails@parks.ca.gov.

 

Planning Schedule

The image is a graphical representation of the following planning schedule: Summer 2021-Existing Conditions Fall/Winter 2021-Visitor and Trail Use Analysis (Trail use surveys, Public meetings/workshops, Pop-up Events) Spring 2022- Public meeting/workshop and review period Summer 2022- CEQA/NEPA Draft Road and Trail Management Plan Public review period Winter2022/2023- Final Road and Trail Management Plan and Environmental Review Document

 

Road and Trail Management Plans

The purpose of a Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) is to provide specific and detailed management direction for roads and trails within a park unit, guiding the operation, maintenance, and development of the road and trail system. Following the broad programmatic goals and guidelines outlined in the General Plan, it will:

  • identify new trail routes to be developed
  • make decisions regarding whether to keep, eliminate, or re-align non-system (user-created) trails
  • prioritize maintenance needs
  • make recommendations on changes-in-use designations for specific trails
  • identify trailhead needs and improvements
  • identify educational and interpretative needs of the road and trail system

Folsom Lake SRA - Middle Ridge Trail

Folsom Lake SRA has over 120 miles of system trails and many miles of non-system trails. The need for a RTMP was identified in the Folsom Lake SRA General Plan and Resource Management Plan, which was approved in October 2009. The RTMP was initiated in 2012.

Planning Process

Data Collection

The first stage of the planning process is to develop an inventory of the road and trail system, including details such as permitted uses, features, and conditions. This information is used to evaluate road and trail conditions and associated impacts on natural and cultural resources. A comprehensive road and trail inventory was conducted at Folsom Lake SRA in 2013. Existing road and trail information was updated in 2021. The results of this inventory are illustrated in the maps below:

Existing Roads and Trails
This map set shows existing managed trails and roads in Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park (SHP) and their designated uses.

Erosion Severity
This map set shows the severity of erosion along roads and trails within Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse SHP.

Water Resources
This map set shows the potential for both trail and road features to impact water resources within Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse SHP and the condition of drainage structures along roads and trails.

Landscape Features
This map set identifies unstable landscapes, aquatic landscapes, and other significant landscapes along roads and trails within Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse SHP.

Road and Trail Structure Problem Severity
This map set shows structural road and trail problems within Folsom Lake SRA and Folsom Powerhouse SHP.

Public Input

Another critical part of the planning process is to get public input. Participation opportunities include surveys, focus groups, public workshops, and public meetings.

An onsite survey of trail users was conducted at Folsom Lake SRA from March 2013 through February 2014. The survey was designed to identify trail use patterns, gather input from trail users, and learn how trails might be improved. Survey collection occurred at 18 locations in the park, twice per season at each location - one weekday and one weekend day - resulting in 776 completed surveys. Survey Results  

A subsequent web and app based trail use survey was conducted from October 26, 2021 to February 1, 2022. The web survey received responses from over 1500 users while the app survey received about 30 responses. Survey results can be found here.

Stakeholder focus group meetings were also conducted as part of the RTMP planning process for Folsom Lake SRA:

  • Mountain Bike Interests Focus Group (3/27/2014) Meeting Notes
  • Equestrian Interests Focus Group (7/1/2014) Meeting Notes
  • Road Cycling and Paved Trail Interests Focus Group (11/17/2014) Meeting Notes

A public virtual meeting to provide updates on the planning process and receive public input was held on October 26, 2021. Review the presentationsummary, or archived recording.

Additional public comments were gathered from October 26, 2021 through February 1, 2022. A summary of these comments can be found here.

The next steps toward finalizing the proposed RTMP for Folsom Lake SRA will be to use information gathered from the review of the Draft Plan to develop the Draft Final Plan which will include CEQA and NEPA environmental documentation, which will be available for public and agency review. 

Change-In-Use Assessment

Existing trails within a trail system are designated for specific trail uses, which are identified in a Superintendent's Order. Proposals to change the types of use (i.e. biking, equestrian, etc.) permitted on a trail are evaluated per the department's Change In Use (CIU) Process.

The Superintendent’s Order for Trail Use Policy at Folsom Lake SRA can be viewed here.

The following Folsom Lake SRA trails were evaluated per the CIU process in response to requests for bicycle use:

  • Browns Ravine Trail to Old Salmon Falls (separate standalone decision from RTMP)
  • Los Lagos Trail
  • Middle Ridge Trail
  • Monte Vista Trail
  • Pioneer Express Trail (various segments)
  • Shady Trail
  • Snipes Pershing Ravine Trail
  • Snowberry Trail

A summary of the CIU recommendations can be found in the appendices of the Draft Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park Road and Trail Management Plan or located here.