The 7.8-mile Willow Creek–Humbug Creek trail in Folsom is a really a system of paved trails that meander thoughtfully through residential areas, abut commercial developments and business parks, and even go through tunnels under surface streets. Even as it crosses the city from Folsom Boulevard on the south all the way to East Natoma Street on the north, the path is a great nature escape for people of all ages. Some Folsom dwellers may have the good luck of living mere steps from the trail. Others, like the Wolosek family of Cameron Park, park their SUV at the Raley’s off Blue Ravine and East Natoma, unload their bikes and hop on the trail heading east from there.
Distance: The route is 15.6 miles round trip, but riders can start and stop or turn around wherever it’s convenient for them.
Parking: There is a park-and-bike lot at the light rail station at Folsom Boulevard and Glenn Drive; some cyclists park on streets or in shopping center lots near trail access points. The Raley’s at 25025 Blue Ravine Road is recommended.
Restrooms: Philip Cohn Park, Lembi Park, Raley’s
Beware: Trail is popular and can get busy; some users may not be familiar with etiquette.
Things to see and do: Some areas along the creek, including the wooden bridges, make your ride feel more rural than suburban. Look for wildlife among the native oak woodlands along the creeks and marshy areas. After the ride, take the gang to Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt.