Alex J. on Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails
Very wet after recent rains. More of a service road than trail. Great views of the surrounding mountains.
I parked near the second traffic circle, and then took a minor digression on the 0.3 paved circular loop (I think there used to be a sign at the fork but it doesn't say anything any more). The loop trail and I think the Bass Lake Trail were closed due to erosion, so I just did the southern part of the loop. I accidentally also went a chunk further south on Hotel Trail until I realized that I was definitely going south not north! Until that point there wasn't much elevation change. The views are much of a muchness throughout. Several birds of prey were circling overhead - I tried not to take it personally.
There is not much shade, so it's pretty warm in the middle of the day - take plenty of water. There's a $6 entrance fee for the park.
Last week we did the Rock N Roll Mud Run here at Joseph D Grant park. The race included some of the trails. The trails are quite the elevation gain! Be ready for lots of dust, and very few areas of shade. I think I would like to go back and do the trails as a normal hike.
Parking is $6.00