Mississippi Bar West, Folsom SRA
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For now the Friday Walks will also have a limit on the number of participants. Initially the limit is 20 attendees plus 1 leader.
NOTE: Starting time returns to 9:15am for local walks until the summer of 2024.
Walks held unless heavy rain, extreme heat or very poor air quality are forecast. Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Thursday evening.
Friday, November 03, 9:15am-11:45am, Mississippi Bar West, Folsom SRA
Note: If this is your first Friday Walk in 2023 read the Waiver and Sign-up section at the top of the Friday Walks page.
Mississippi Bar is on the north side of Lake Natoma. Today we’ll explore the western flattish section of this bar which contains a number of ponds and temporary shallow pool areas. Most of the trails in this area are used by horses but there might be sections with river cobble footing. While oaks and cottonwoods offer some shady sections most of the walk will be sunny. A few native plants are still in bloom including Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea, Eriogonum gracile, Eschscholzia californica, Heterotheca grandiflora, Madia elegans, Madia gracilis, Pseudognaphalium beneolens, and Trichostema lanceolatum. We’ll head west along old Main St then head back east along parts of the bike path and horse trails and finally wander back a large open area which contains some shallow ponds that host some plants found more in vernal pools and end near the parking area. Part of this walk will be directly across the lake from the walk at Nimbus Flat a few weeks ago. For more information email John Schmidt or cell phone 916-500-8456.
Bring water, sunscreen, snack, a warm layer and hat. The forecast is for a cool early morning and then warming up.
There are NO rest facilities at the meeting area.
Parking is free.
Meet at the Snowberry Trail Equestrian Staging Area just west of the Shadow Glen Riding Stables at Main and Sunset in Orangevale. Google maps refers to this as the Snowberry Creek Assembly Area.
Use the directions below or at the teardrop on the map.
Driving directions to Snowberry Trail Equestrian Staging area from Sacramento:
– Travel east on Highway 50 to Hazel Ave exit 21
– North on Hazel Avenue
– East on Sunset Avenue, 4th traffic light after Hazel Ave Bridge
– Follow Sunset Ave east past Phoenix Park and down an oak-lined hill
– At the bottom of the hill the road turns left and becomes Main Ave.
– Continue on Main Ave about 200 yards until you see the Shadow Glen Riding Stable on your right.
– Turn right here and then immediately to your right will be the entrance to the Snowberry Trail Equestrian Staging Area.
Please try to be on time. We’ll start walking at 9:30am.