Negro Bar Lake Natoma, Folsom SRA

Waiver and Sign-Up Required

After an 18-month hiatus from Friday Walks, we are happy to be able to offer them again. To gather safely, however, we need to follow some new rules.

  1. You must sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance of joining SacValley Chapter Friday Walks. Signing an Electronic Liability Waiver is a permanent change required statewide by the California Native Plant Society. Please note that signing the waiver for SacValley Chapter Friday Walks applies only to our chapter’s Friday Walks and does not cover SacValley Chapter Field Trips or any events or field trips offered by other CNPS chapters. Once you have signed the SacValley Chapter Friday Walks waiver, it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.
  2. For now, a limited number of participants can join each Friday Walk. The limit is currently 15 participants and one leader. During this initial restart, only four new participants can sign up for each walk. If you have signed up for a Friday Walk at any point after January 1, 2013, you are not considered a new participant.

Friday, January 28, 10:0am-12:30pm, Negro Bar, FSRA


Note the 10:00AM meeting time. This is to allow walkers 62 and older a chance to obtain a Limited Use Golden Bear Pass for Calendar Year 2022 at the the nearby California State Park Gold Country Field Office at 7755 Folsom Auburn Road, Folsom, CA. Their office opens at 9:00am.

Join us for a walk along the northwest shore of Lake Natoma starting at Negro Bar. We’ll meet at the newly remodeled Negro Bar picnic area. The walk will be along the bike trail at the base of the Lake Natoma cliffs and continue west about 500 hundred yards past the base of Snipes Ravine.  A surprising number of plants are starting to bloom including Blue Dicks, California Saxifrage, Miners lettuce, Baby blue-eyes, and Sticky Monkeyflower.  The return will be along the same lake shore path since there is nothing blooming yet along the top of the bluff. The walk will be around 3 miles total with almost no elevation change.  For more information, email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456.

Bring water, hat, snack, sun, and layered protection. It might be windy much of the way since we’ll be bordering Lake Natoma.
Park entrance fee is $12 or a current State Park Pass. More info state park passes is here. If you’re over 62, check out the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass.

Meet at the parking lot above the Negro Bar picnic area which is west of the main Negro Bar parking lot in Folsom SRA.
Use the map with teardrop or directions below.

Directions of downtown Sacramento:
– US 50 east to Folsom Blvd., Exit #23.
– Left at the traffic light onto Folsom Blvd.
– Proceed east on Folsom Blvd over Natoma Crossing Bridge.
– Left at the traffic light just past the bridge, turning onto Greenback Lane.
– Left at the first left turn lane on Greenback and signed Negro Bar entrance about 0.3 miles from the bridge.
– Pass the entrance kiosk. Be sure to self-register if you don’t have a pass and the kiosk is unmanned.
– Continue straight down the hill into the first main parking area. Just after crossing the bike trail there is one row of parking spaces and then a tree lined larger parking are.
– Drive straight into this larger parking area and then immediately turn right.
– This is Park Rd. Follow Park Rd. west it as it parallels the bike trail.
– Continue straight to the new Negro Bar picnic area parking lot.
Please look at the linked map above on your home computer if you have not been to the remodeled Negro Bar picnic area or this is your first visit to Negro Bar.  Call John (916-500-8456) Friday morning if having trouble finding the picnic area as the park road is not well marked.

There are numerous restroom facilities near the parking area and at the picnic area.

Click here for more info on state park passes.  If you’re over 62, check out the limited Use Golden Bear Pass. which at the bottom of the web page.

To sign up for the January 28 Negro Bar Walk and receive the link for the Electronic Liability Waiver if needed, email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456 for more information.

If you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, masks are required. Also if you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please do.

Please try to be on time. We’ll start walking at 10:15am following the bike trail west along the Lake Natoma shoreline.





Jan 28 2022


10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Friday Walks


John Schmidt

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