Brown’s Ravine, 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. 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.

The March 8 Brown’s Ravine Friday Walk will be held as planned.  Updated March 7 at 4:15pm.


Friday, March 8, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Brown’s Ravine, Folsom SRA

Join us for a second attempt to visit Brown’s Ravine this March. Last week’s walk was cancelled due to Wind and Rain.  We will try again this week.  This walk was scouted again on March 4th.  There were not as many Primula hendersonii and Ranunculus occidentalis seen on March 4, but Ceanothus cuneatus is starting to bloom.  We’ll be following a trail that winds around oak woodland hills above Folsom Lake with a steady 125 foot climb over a hill on the return.  The current forecast is for a sunny Friday. A few native plants are in bloom, but like most of the areas we have visited on Friday Walks so far this year, not many native plants are yet in bloom.  Native plants we should see in bloom include Aristolochia californica, Claytonia parviflora, Marah fabacea, Plagiobothrys ?, Primula hendersonii, and Ranunculus occidentalis. There will be a short break on some logs near the shoreline before climbing over the hill on the return. For more information, email John Schmidt or phone 916-500-8456.

Park entrance fee is $12 or a current State Park Pass.

Bring water, hat, snack, and layered protection for rain and sun.  A walking stick might be useful for some.  We will NOT be crossing the small 6 foot wide stream used on prior walks at Brown’s Ravine.

Note the NEW parking area being used (Red Teardrop) on March 8 near the picnic table and large field to the left of the entrance kiosk on the map or use the directions below.

Directions from Sacramento:

– East on US 50 El Dorado Hills Blvd.  Exit #30B.

– North on El Dorado Hills Blvd for about 3.2 miles to Francisco Dr.  There is a stop sign here.

– Left onto Francisco Dr.  There is a stop sign at this intersection.

– Left onto Green Valley Rd.

– Right at the park entrance to Browns Ravine about ½ mile down Green Valley Rd.

– Stop at the manned the entrance kiosk.
– Turn left just a ways past entrance station into the large field near the first picnic table.  This area is closer to the rest facility with a hillside filled with Plagiobothrys in bloom.  We should have time to see if we can identify which species this is.


If you are coming from north of the American River and east of Sunrise Blvd. this is an alternative route.

– East on Greenback or Madison which converges into Greenback at Lake Natoma Dr.

– Left at Folsom-Auburn Blvd.

– Right at Folsom Lake Crossing

– Left at East Natoma St.

– Left at Green Valley Rd.

– Left at signed entrance to Brown’s Ravine, about 2.5 miles.  If you reach the traffic signal at Francisco Dr. and Green Valley Road, you’ve gone too far.

– Stop at the manned the entrance kiosk.
– Right up the first road just past the entrance kiosk marked “Horses”.  Please park head-in near the picnic tables to allow for more vehicles.  If this area is full, you can park below the main entrance road near other picnic tables a little ways past the entrance kiosk.

There is a portable rest facility near the entrance kiosk.

Parking is $12 or use a State Park Pass.  More State Park pass information is here.  If you’re over 62, check out the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass.  Passes can be purchased at the Gold Field Regional State Park Office which is not far out of your way to Brown’s Ravine.  Note that this limited Use Golden Bear Pass will not be valid from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Please try to be on time.  We’ll start walking about 9:45am.


Mar 08 2024


9:30 am - 12:30 pm


John Schmidt
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