Humbug-Willow Creek Trail


Humbug-Willow Creek Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Sacramento
Length: 13.3 miles
Trail end points: Mormon Island Wetlands State Park and Lake Forest Industrial Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6375287
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Humbug-Willow Creek Trail Description

The Humbug-Willow Creek Trail is really a collection of multi-use trails in the city of Folsom, about 32 miles' worth, and more are planned. The trails snake throughout the city, between Folsom Lake in the north and Alder Creek in the south and between Lake Natoma in the west and Empire Ranch Road in the east. Some of the trails follow along Humbug Creek and Willow Creek, hence the name.

Also included in the Folsom Trail system is the Folsom Parkway Rail Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

The Humbug-Willow Creek Trails are accessible from numerous places throughout the city.

Humbug-Willow Creek Trail Reviews

I started on the trailhead by lake Natoma and ran out 4.5 miles and back. It's mostly asphalt, but there is usually a dirt path on the side. No bike traffic at all. You go under a couple bridges which I think is really cool! Definitely suggest running there and I'll run there again soon for sure.

Rode as many trails as I could find in Folsom. The Humbug and Willow Creek trails have beautiful scenery even though they pass through residential areas. The surface on all trails is good to excellent with a small amount of root heave in places.

I recommend getting a trail map from the bike shop in Old Town. It shows the trails not yet shown on TrailLink and will keep you from getting lost. A smart phone is also helpful.

The trail now has a nice bridge over busy Bidwell Street which isn't shown on TrailLink.

Humbug-Willow Creek Trail is very family friendly. I wouldn't try to do the whole thing with a 5yr old but I'm sure that little Lance is out there. My wife and son who's 13 have really been enjoying it lately. It's also a great trail to take to the American River Bike Trail. The surface is paved nicely with only a couple of cracks to bump over. There are spots where it feels like your somewhere else all together, beautiful trees and a creek running along side a railroad track. Yesterday we road it as a family and when my wife told me we'd been on it an hour I thought she was kidding (seemed like 15 mins.)Today I road it alone to do the Lake Natoma loop. On the way back I saw a pretty healthy coyote just past the Silberhorn jump off.I was more interested in him than he was of me.


The complete trails are not here, but the system now goes from Vista Lago to Green Valley & E Natoma and all the way to Lake Natomas. This is class A trail that is unused on all but the most beautiful of days. I like to climb up to Beals, come back and take the new trail across the dam, over to Green Valley & E Natoma and then down this trail back to Lake Natomas and the Hatchery. Enjoy!

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