All alerts will be posted on the corresponding staging area page if applicable.
Do not leave anything of value in your tow vehicle or trailer, including vehicle and trailer registration. Since 2005 there have been several reports of vehicle break-ins at some of the staging areas. This seemed to be on the increase in 2012. Report any incidences to Park Watch at www.parkwatchreport.org
Use caution when riding off the trail or even stepping off the trail at Olmstead ( and other places as well). At Olmstead is old wire buried under brush and grass and fall of 2011 cut a horse very badly - horse was laid up for 1 yr and continues to rehab. So please be careful when getting off the trail to ride side by side or to let others pass - wire can be very hard to see if you can see it at all.
Jan 2015 - Break-insonce again occurred please do not leave anything of value in your truck OR trailer- Most break-ins were at Olmstead, Hidden Falls, Cronan and the Confluence.
Dec 13., 2013 - Olmstead - large tree down by Salt Creek - can not pass. Salt Creek is located on the main loop on the far side.
July 2013 - Mountain lion with cub spotted near the Confluence, use caution.
Summer 2013 - Rattlesnakes and ticks seems to be very bad this year. Please use caution when out on the trails and also when taking your dogs.
2012 Nov 4, 2012 - reports of more break ins at Cronan. Ranger was out there Nov 3, 2012 warning people NOT to leave ANYTHING of value in your car, truck or trailer. It is not safe!
ALERT - as of June 2012 there have been reports of windows being shot out with bee-bee guns at the Sterling Point staging area.
ALERT - Truck and horse trailer stolen from Cronan's Padro Hill parking lot May 18,2012 mid morning. The truck and trailer were eventually found but saddles were taken and as yet have not been recovered.
ALERT - There was a break in at the Auburn Overlook staging area the week of April 1,2012. A horse trailer was broken into. Do not leave valuables in your horse trailer or your vehicle.
ALERT - Jan 2012 there was a break-in at Padro Hill. Please do not leave anything of value in your truck or horse trailer. Law Enforcement has been seen recently at both staging areas of Cronan, they are aware of the recent break-ins.
ALERT - another break in - this time at Olmstead in Cool Feb 17,2012. Please do not leave anything valuable in your truck or horse trailer. Alert - Folsom Lake area - As of Feb 12,2012 there has been a report of 3 dogs off leash - red healer types and their owner, a woman and her male companion who have threatened horses and riders and verbally told their dogs to attack. Please contact Park Dispatch at (916) 358-1300 if you see them and they are a threat to you and/or the dogs are off leash.
Ticks and Lyme disease - 5 areas are testing positive for Lyme disease - Feb 2012. These include Hidden Falls in Auburn, Drivers Flat near Foresthill and the Auburn staging area. Two other areas are Stevens Trail near Colfax and Placer Nature Center in Christian Valley. Please use caution when hiking or riding.
2011 ALERT - as of Nov 17,2011 2 more recent break-ins have occurred at Magnolia staging area. Also a single man has been seen at Magnolia asking a lot of questions of lone riders. Please use caution! All incidents have been reported.
Empire Mine across Osborn Hill towards the lookout area ground bees have been encountered there as of Oct 29,2011. These creatures make their nests in the ground and are very territorial. When anything disturbs them, they pour out of the nest, aggressively stinging anything in their way. Horses can react violently to multiple stings. Beware of this area until the first frost.
2010 Negro Bar - Dec 2010 recent break-ins of vehicles - windows are being smashed
2009 March 2009 - Folsom Lake Trails - a loose dog chased a horse and rider causing injury to both. Please be aware of loose dogs.
Jan 2009 - Folsom Lake Trails - motorized dirt bikes have been seen on the trails and have spooked some horses. They are not allowed on those trails.
2008 Fall 2008 - recent vehicle break-ins at Cronin staging areas