Blue Oak Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Friant, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Good for kids at least the first half.
lots to see. good view of the lake. adequate amounts of shade. not good for small kids
Best in the winter when the Bald Eagles are here and the snakes aren't. Dogs are not allowed on state park trails although I've seen a few.
Great for winter months due to the low elevation. In the spring and summer I prefer higher elevations due to rattle snakes. Great for dogs!
The trail itself is nice and easy, even for beginning hikers. It starts at the Blue Oak campsite and is clearly marked. The road runs parallel to it until about half way, which is as far as we went. Sadly, once we got to McKenzie Point there were a bunch of rattlesnakes and we decided not to cross them so we turned around. The wildflowers were gorgeous this year and I'm glad we went. But danger of rattlesnakes? No thanks.
Did not see any Bald Eagles alas! However,
the wild flowers are plentiful. Saw Popcorn flower, Lupine, Shooting Star, Fiddleneck, Brodiaea, Baby Blue Eyes and many others.
It was a great location for a run.
We deviated from the path and followed some cow trails down to the shore. There was no set path, and it was a work out, going up and downhill. Way better the. The set pathway.
This is a very good beginners trail.
Easy to get to and makes for a perfect beginners mountain bike trail