Folsom Lake Falcon Crest Trail Run

Date:Saturday, March 30, 2024
Location:Falcon Crest Parking Lot / Monte Vista Trailhead
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762   
Race Distances:5K, 10K, 8 Mile, Half Marathon
Start Time:8:00 AM All Distances. (4 Hour Time Limit)

About the Race

These trails are one of my favorite places to train on and visit. This race is run in the beautiful, awesome foothills of El Dorado Hills. This area has incredible oak trees, green grass and is loaded with single track trails paralleling Folsom Lake. The trails are fast to run on and have some technical sections too—lots of fun. Some shaded areas and lots of exposure as well.


The Trail

Surface: Dirt, rocks, single-track trail, as little pavement as possible.
Elevation Profile: Rolling hills, with lots of ups and downs.
Weather: California Spring, Highs – 65 degrees / Lows 40 degrees.


DISTANCE BY 12/1/23BY 2/1/24BY 3/29/243/30/24
8 Mile$65$70$75$80
Half Marathon$75$80$85$90
Prices do not include UltraSignup processing fees
  • Active Military & First Responders receive a 15% discount. Please e-mail to process your registration discount.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable, but the full registration amount (minus processing fees) may be transferred to another future TCTRuns by contacting at least 24 hours before the scheduled event.
  • Runners may purchase a Troy’s California Trail Runs sport-tek technical fabric shirt during the registration process, or at the event supply permitting.  All shirts are gender-specific and come in sizes ranging from ladies XS all the way to mens XXL and youth S to XL.
Online registration is available through the evening prior to the race.
Please print the form, fill it out, and mail it to us with the enclosed registration fee.
Race day registration is available beginning at 7:00 AM.
Volunteers are needed to help with aid stations.
Everyone who helps out gets a free future race!


  • 7:00 AM – Runner Check-In/Race Day Registration Begins
  • 7:45 AM – Trail Briefing
  • 8:00 AM – START all distances. (4 Hour Cut-Off)

Course Information

5K (Ascent 453Ft)

You will run a counter clock-wise loop along single track trails that will lead you back to the Start/Finish Line.

10K (Ascent 942Ft)

You will first run the 5k course ORANGE Ribbons following 5k signs a COUNTERCLOCKWISE LOOP, you will then reverse the course and run a clockwise loop back to the Start/Finish Line.

8 Milers (Ascent 784Ft)

8 milers will run the first portion of the 5K course but continue on following ribbons and signs along the single track Brown’s Ravine Trail. You will turn around at the New York Creek Aid Station (Posted to the left of the trail and up a hill), and return to the Start/Finish Line following 8 Mile Signs and ribbons.

Half Marathon (Ascent 1,493Ft)

13 Milers will follow the same course as the 8 Milers but will continue on past the New York Creek Aid Station to the Fitch Way Aid Station and Turnaround point. You will then return the same way back to the Finish line following signage. You must check-in at New York Creek Aid Station before heading back to the Start/Finish.

Cut off Times

We have two cut off times for the half marathon:

  • 10:00am Fitch Way Aid Station Mile 7.5
  • 11:00am New York Creek Aid Station Mile 10.5

Drop Bags

Drop bag service is NOT available for this event.

Directions and Parking

Falcon Crest Parking Lot / Monte Vista Trailhead
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

From Hwy 50 exit at El Dorado Hills Blvd: go underneath the Hwy drive on El Dorado Hills Blvd for 4 miles. At the Green Valley traffic light cross over Green Valley road onto Salmon Falls road. Drive on Salmon Falls road for 2.9 miles. Falcon Crest parking lot will be on your left. Here is a link to a map of the parking area.

Parking: Parking is free in Falcon Crest parking lot and must park in the gravel lot. Please carpool. Parking is limited. Additional parking below in the Old Salmon Falls parking lot with a day-use fee, about 0.4 miles walking distance away from start/finish line. Please DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD LEADING DOWN TO THE OLD SALMON FALLS PARKING LOT. 

No parking fee at Falcon Crest Parking Lot. Day-use $10 fee at Old Salmon Falls Parking Lot.

Suggested carpool meeting area in the Safeway’s parking lot in El Dorado Hills on Green Valley Rd and Francisco. See map of parking area here.

Travel and Accommodations

Troy’s California Trail Runs is partnered with iWeekender to provide comprehensive travel packages that include accommodations, air travel, and rental cars.

Extra Info

We will have portable toilets at Falcon Crest. Safeway’s supermarket is located on Green Valley Rd & Francisco. Safeway’s has toilets and a Starbucks. There is also a shopping center near Safeway’s. Gas is also available at Safeway’s.


All runners receive a medal for finishing the race.

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