Picnic tables can be found on two sides of the pond. The tall grass, thick brush, and fallen trees have obscured the water line. The banks are steep on three sides. The trail takes you around the pond and back to the trail you came in on.
From Auburn, take Highway 49 south to Lincoln Way. Turn Left onto Auburn Folsom Road. Turn left on Shirland Tract Rd. Follow it to Rattlesnake Road. Take Rattlesnake all the way into the Folsom State Recreation Area. There is a $12 day use fee. Go out to the Rattlesnake boat ramp and park on the left. The trail is unmarked other than a temporary sign stating the area is closed to motorized vehicles.
The trail was rutted and overgrown on my last visit. Watch out for poison oak, rattlesnakes and ticks. Take the trail straight up the hill to the T. Turn right and you will walk to Avery’s Pond. The stroll is maybe 1.2 miles. Much of the trail is shaded but the valley temperatures have an impact in summer. Bring plenty of water and take breaks as needed.
If you want a greater challenge, you can start in Auburn and take the Pioneer Express Trail. Other trails lead you in and around Folsom Lake if you want to enjoy the wildflowers and lake views.
Photo by Mary West
"When the winds are calm you can see perfect reflections of the clouds above."
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