Beeks Bight, Folsom SRA
Waiver and Sign-up required.
Welcome to the new Friday Walks returning after an 18 month health recess. With the return are a few new Rules:
You MUST sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance for Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks. This is a permanent change required by CNPS statewide. Note that this Waiver is for Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks only and does not cover Sacramento Valley CNPS Field Trips nor any Events or Field Trips offered by other CNPS Chapters. The only difference with the Sacramento Valley CNPS Friday Walks Liability Waiver is that once signed it is valid through the end of the current calendar year. Email John Schmidt to receive a Waiver form.
For now the Friday Walks will also have a limit on the number of participants. Initially the limit is 20 attendees plus 1 leader. Only 3 new to Friday Walks attendees can sign up for each walk. If your name appears on a sign in sheet after January 1, 2013 you are not considered a new attendee.
Walks held unless there is heavy rain, extreme heat or very poor air quality. Cancellation notices posted by 7 PM Thursday evening if the forecast is unfavorable.
Note: Friday Walks return to 9:15am meeting times until next summer.
Beeks Bight is further away, hence the 9:30am meeting time.
Friday, September 8, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Beeks Bight, Folsom SRA
Join us on a late summer Friday Walk at Beeks Bight. We’ll follow a trail from the meeting area traversing across the hillside and up to the high point overlooking Folsom Lake. From there we’ll descend over to the Doton Point trail and follow it trail back to the parking area. One of the highlights last Friday was watching a few Monarch butterflies landing on some of the Asclepias fascicularis while crossing over to towards the Doton Point trail. The following plants were seen in bloom when scouting last Friday afternoon: Asclepias fascicularis, Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus, Croton setigerus, Datura wrightii, Heterotheca grandiflora, Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. echioides and Phyla nodiflora var.rosa. This is a great place to walk and see a diversity of plants and birds. Meet at the Beeks Bight parking area in Folsom Lake SRA. For more information, email John Schmidt or phone 916-500-8456.
Bring water, hat, snack, and layered protection. A walking stick might be useful.
Park entrance fee is $12 or a current State Park Pass.
Use the linked map (Red teardrop for parking area) or directions below.
Directions from downtown Sacramento
– I-80 East to Douglas East (exit 103A)
– Continue east on Douglas to the Granite Bay entrance on Park Rd.
– Pass the entrance kiosk. Self-register if no one is there.
– Once in the park follow the signs to Beeks Bight.
– We’ll meet in the Parking lot at the end of the road.
-It’s about a 10 minute drive from the park entrance to Beeks Bight parking area.
There are restroom facilities at the meeting location.
Please try to be on time. We’ll start walking by 9:45am.
There is normally no cell reception at the meeting area. However having just replaced my 7 year old cell phone with the new Samsung I was able to send and receive both text messages and phone calls.
Click here for more info on state park passes.
Limited Use State Park Pass information is near the bottom of the web page. This annual pass is useful on Friday Walks except during the summer.
The Gold District Field Office (7755 Folsom Auburn Rd.) of California State Parks is one location where you can purchase a Limited Use Golden Bear State Park Pass (62 and older). The $20 Limited Use State Park Pass is valid from January 1, 2023 thru Thursday, May 25, 2023 and then from September 5 thru December 31, 2023 for California State Parks. Regular daily parking in these areas is $12/day in State Recreation Areas. There should be 5 or more Friday Walks in Folsom and Auburn SRA including Friday’s walk at Beeks Bight before December 31, 2023. If you’re 62 or older and new to Friday Walks, you can pick-up a Limited Use Golden Bear State Park Pass at the Folsom State Park Gold Field District Office (7755 Folsom Auburn Rd.), which opens at 9:00am.