Folsom Area State Parks Road and Trail Management Plan

California State Parks and planning and environmental consulting firm Placeworks, Inc. are working toward completion of the Folsom Area State Parks 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 opportunities for public participation, finalizing the proposed plan including change-in-use recommendations, and environmental review of the proposed plan in compliance with CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act).

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How To Participate

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

1. Complete the survey before January 31, 2022.

2. Participate in the Trail Use Challenge using California State Parks' official trails app! This challenge allows you to provide your input while recreating in the park. Get started by scanning the QR Code with your mobile phone camera. Challenge ends Jan. 31, 2022.

3. If you missed the public meeting on October 26, 2021, review the presentationsummary, or archived recording, and share YOUR comments with us at Comments received before Jan. 31, 2022, will be considered during the draft RTMP development phase. 

4. See ideas that have been shared in the previously submitted public comments

5. Join our mailing list to be notified about the next meeting in spring 2022 when the draft RTMP will be presented for review and discussion.

6. Do you have other suggestions or questions about the plan or process? Let us know at

Trail Use Challenge

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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

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Folsom Lake SRA has over 110 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 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 point and linear 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 the collection of stakeholder and public input. Participation opportunities can include surveys, focus groups, public workshops, and public meetings.

The next steps toward finalizing the proposed RTMP for Folsom Lake SRA will be to conduct additional visitor surveys, public workshops, and other opportunities for public and stakeholder participation, to supplement and update the outreach efforts already completed and detailed below.

An onsite survey of trail users was conducted at Folsom Lake SRA during the period March 2013 – 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 occured 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  

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

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, dogs, etc.) permitted on a trail are evaluated per the Change In Use (CIU) Process.

Superintendent’s Order for Trail Use Policy at Folsom Lake SRA

The following Folsom Lake SRA trails are being evaluated per the CIU process due to requests for bicycle use:
- Browns Ravine Trail to Old Salmon Falls
- Los Lagos Trail
- Middle Ridge Trail
- Monte Vista Trail
- Pioneer Express Trail (various segments)
- Shady Trail
- Snipes Pershing Ravine Trail
- Snowberry Trail