This page is dedicated to the pictures I’ve taken around the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Some are along the Pioneer Express Trail as far north as Auburn. Other pictures show items revealed at low water levels such as the remnants of the North Fork Ditch, unusual rock formations or other items of historical, geological, flora or fauna interest. Almost all of these photo, many enhanced with Instagram, have been posted in the various blogs I’ve done about history and hiking around Folsom Lake.
Peninsula Campground to Wild Goose Flats
Picture gallery from a hike up the east side of the north fork of the American River at Folsom Lake. Blog post: Anderson Island bridge and Zantgraf Mine hike
Foundation and curved interior for a water wheel (?) to drive stamp mill at Zantgraf mine
Zantgraf gold mining tailings
Ruins of Zantgraf Mine stamp mill.
Within the red circle is the west side abutment. Suspension bridge water pipe landing on east side of American river.
3″ diameter iron posts set into granite bolder, suspension cable wrapped around vertical post was the anchorage for the bridge over the American River in 1897.
Measuring suspension cable on Anderson Island by hand.
Half inch diameter spike through wood timber, Wild Goose Flats
Rusty remnants of a possible stove, Folsom Lake, History, Wild Goose Flats
Rock retaining wall at Zantgraf Mine ruins
Square surface chiseled for suspension bridge cable system.
Indian grinding holes near Wild Goose Flats, north fork American River.
Drilled anchor holes in granite below Zantgraf mine.
Cut through granite boulder for water pipe to Zantgraf Mine, Anderson Island.
Steep, sandy, rocky slops of Folsom Lake – American River peninsula
Following the deer trail on shoreline of Folsom Lake, east side
Machinery foundations (water pumps?) near Zantgraf Mine.
Chiseled square for suspension bridge pylon landing
Cows make the best trails, Folsom Lake hiking
Suspension bridge cable, 1897, perhaps Hallidie manufactured
North Fork American river flowing past Horseshoe Bar, January 2014
Folsom Peninsula, Anderson Island, Zantgraf Mine Hike Map
NFD viaduct spans small ravine, granite blocks, built by hand.
Square cut in solid granite meant to hold timber for early suspension bridge across American River
Rusty gold rush artifacts revealed at Folsom Lake low water levels
Concrete lining of the NFD pop out of sand and soil when Folsom Lake is low.
North Fork Ditch Trail map
Bikers and horse back riders share the NFD trail.
Builders of NFD cut out granite to keep the elevation level.
Water turn out of the North Fork Ditch with tree
North Fork Ditch sandy trail
Cast iron riveted pipe for gold mining era water delivery.
Bridge abutment, American River, 1860’s, low water level of Folsom Lake reveals history.
Biking on, over and around the North Fork Ditch, Folsom Lake, American River
Older images from around Folsom Lake and Auburn State Recreation areas
Shrub covered rock wall leading to the South Fork of the American River
Felled oak tree on South Fork American River Trail
Lizard skin found on South Fork American River Trail
Nature trail at Peninsula Campground
Remnants of North Fork Ditch below Beals Point, cemented 1915
Abandon olive orchard, east of Auburn-Folsom Rd., west of Prison.
Orange horny caterpillar, Pioneer Express Trail
Agricultural dam before Folsom Dam, on peninsula, water level on right is Folsom Lake
Granite rock Whale, enhanced, emerging from mud of low water level Folsom Lake
Exposed granite boulders on the peninsula of Folsom Recreation area.
Balance of the toppled tree, So. Fork American River Trail
Exposed granite outcropping at Bights Beek, low water level and green grass
Normally submerged bridge at Peninsula campground, road from Mormon Island to Rattlesnake Bar
Broken green glass found along the South Fork American River Trail.
Hand built rock wall to support North Fork Ditch water canal 19th century.
Trail along North Fork Ditch at Folsom Lake
Water seeping through North Fork Ditch viaduct
Reflections of a tree stump off Doton’s Point at low water level, Folsom
Year 1915 etched in concrete of North Fork Ditch at Folsom Lake
North foundation of Birdsall dam, North Fork American River, below Auburn
Overflow outlets of the water canal leading from first Folsom dam to Folsom Power House, 1880’s
Walker, age 10, standing on the abutment of historic Rattlesnake Bar Bridge
Concrete overflow structure of North Fork Ditch, abandoned when Folsom Lake was built
Water pipe for Peninsula Campground extending down to Folsom Lake
Butterfly on my watch on the South Fork American River Trail
South Fork American River from Trail
Gold mine tunnel entrance north side of hill of Folsom Lake
Stone work (cut?), placed by hand to build North Fork Viaduct, 1860’s (?)
Yellow amber sap from a cut gray pine, Peninsula trail
Railroad bed and canal wall leading to Folsom Power House
Indian grinding hole on the south bank of the American River north of Folsom
Entrance into Hinkle Reservoir from NFD, abandoned when Folsom Lake was built
Diving off Salmon Falls Bridge
Original Folsom Dam, 1880’s, now on Prison property, inaccessible.
South Fork of the American River below Cool
Black beetle along Pioneer Express Trail
spring bloom of lupine at Folsom Lake
Outlet to gold miners, later farmers, North Fork Ditch, Pioneer Express Trail
Sap dripping from a cut gray pine, Peninsula
1931 PG&E South Canal over Auburn-Folsom Rd.
Top gold mine shaft by Dyke 5
Hawk feather in granite rock
Trail of lupine blooming along North Fork Ditch at Folsom Lake
Driftwood cross stuck in North Fork Ditch water canal
Window curtain of old movie set S. American River Trail
North Fork Ditch viaduct fill with water from rising Folsom Lake
Overflow weir gates of abandoned overflow of North Fork Ditch
Retro vintage bike exploring normally submerged house foundation at Folsom lake
Mile marker? South Fork American River Trail