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Avery's Pond Via Unmarked Trail (Off-season Route)

1.8 mile trail near Auburn, Sacramento, and Roseville, California
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Avery's Pond Via Unmarked Trail (Off-season Route) is about 1.8 miles long and located near Newcastle, California. The trail is great ... more »

Tips:  1) Make sure you take the loop trail around the pond.
2) This hike is great for kids!
3) Take a picnic lunch. There are picnic tables ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Area & Trail Head

There is a small winter-season dirt parking area located outside the park gate.

The trail head is directly across the road from the parking area. If you can't find the trail head across from this parking, you can walk down the road to the entrance station. A second unmarked trail head begins behind a white gate just to the left of the entrance... More

2. Trail is Hard to Follow for 130 Yard

Pay close attention to where you're going. For approximately 130 yards the trail is fairly faint and hard to follow.

3. Trail Becomes Easier to Follow

After about 130 yards the route veer left onto a much more heavily used unmarked trail. From here on out the trail will be easy to follow!

4. The Trail Meanders Through Forest and Near a Horse Ranch

5. Trail begins Steep Decent as Folsom Lake Comes Into View

As the route passes the corner of the horse ranch property, Folsom Lake comes into view. At that point, the trail begins a short, steep decent towards the lake.

6. Important Left Turn!

At the bottom of the steep section you will come to a place where the trail makes a sharp left turn. Take the left turn.

Note: You may be tempted to continue straight down the hill on an even steeper trail because you can see the maintained park trail below. There is no need to do this. It's more dangerous and takes longer. After making the... More

7. Trail Merges Left onto the Main Avery's Pond Trail

At this point the unmarked, unmaintained trail meets up with the well-maintained Avery's Pond Trail.

Merge left onto the main trail and continue for about a 5 minute stroll to Avery's Pond.

8. The Spring at Avery's Pond

Shortly before arriving at the south end of Avery's Pond hikers encounter this beautiful spring. Immediately following the spring the trail meanders through a berry patch before arriving at the pond.

9. Avery's Pond Loop Trail Begins

As the trail approaches the pond step up on the small bridge for a quick look. Then backtrack a few steps and take the loop trail to the east (right). Follow the loop trail in a counter-clockwise direction.

10. Grassy Knoll

Take a right turn as for a quick stroll out on the grassy knoll that overlooks Folsom Lake. During dryer times, the lake may disappear leaving only the American River running through the lake bottom.

There are some interesting rock formations and a small beach below the knoll.

After a brief stop here, continue on around Avery's Pond.

11. Avery's Pond Dam

12. Picnic Table and Scenic Pond Viewpoint

This is the first of several picnic sites scattered around the pond. As the trek around the pond continues, picnic sites with several tables will appear.

13. Another Picnic Area

This is the mid-sized picnic area at Avery's Pond.

14. Follow the Fork to the Left to Continue Around the Pond

15. Largest Picnic Area

Slightly larger groups can best utilize this picnic area.

16. Views Looking East from the West Side of Avery's Pond

17. Junction - Beginning of Loop Trail

As you cross over the canal bridge, you've completed the complete loop around the lake. Take a right turn at the junction to to head back to the trail head the way you came.

18. Avery's Spring - A clue you're heading back the right way

You'll pass through the berry patch and then see Avery's Spring again, this time on your left. This is a sure sign you're heading in the right direction.

19. Watch Carefully or You'll Miss Your Unmarked Trail

Watch carefully for the unmarked trail that you took on the way. If you miss this turn off to your right and continue on the main trail, it will take you about 1.5 miles longer to get back to your car.

Continue following the unmarked trail back to the parking lot.

20. Choice at a Fork in the Road

At this very in-obvious junction you can veer right to take the faint unmarked trail that you came in on directly back to the parking lot...

Stay on the easier-to-follow unmarked trail until you get back to the paved park road. At the paved park road, take a right and head up the paved road for about 400 feet to the parking lot.