Point Defiance Trail

EASY 32 reviews

Point Defiance Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bridgeport, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 573 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Beautiful Loop Trail with views of both the surrounding mountains and a River/Lake on the back side of the hill.

Love the hike and the views.

25 days ago

A great hike for a fall day - especially with dogs - they had a blast in the river. It was easy and not very long but plenty to see. There are two very different landscapes making the first half of the hike different from the second.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Go left. You want to start this trailhead on the left. That way you're approaching the big switchback hill face as a descent, not a climb. And the back hill ascent is a fairly gentle rise.

If you go right you're gonna have a bad time.

hiking
3 months ago

Never been to this trail. Took my best friend on her very first hike here. I have to say it is absolutely a great trail for beginners. Absolutely love the fact that there wasn't careless people throwing trash on the trail!!
I'd do this one again.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

A fun hike with three sections. First, some steep switchbacks up a hill. Second a firebreak road down to the lake shore. Third, a narrow mostly shaded trail through rocks, trees and flowers. Takes about an hour but worth bringing a picnic to enjoy at the edge of the lake.

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5 months ago

Decent lil hike. Hot during the summer. Water at the campground is ice cold. Go a little further down and the trail and the water is perfect. Decent up and downs, some parts of the trail are a lil rough and worn but other than that nice lil hike. Easy to make a day trip out of it.

hiking
6 months ago

We are a senior citizens group (Alta Hikers) and like to take the Point Defiance Loop (see our map) first and then do the Buttermilk Trail after lunch at a leisurely pace to enjoy the flowers. Have to time it right - a phone call to the ranger station can help you decide when to go in early spring. Enjoy!!!

7 months ago

Really nothing special. The beginning was probably the best part.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike with many wildflowers and butterflies. Great scenery which includes the river and a lake. Rocky narrow trail to start and wide open lush meadows with a downhill descent bring you back. We started hiking along the river and it was mostly in the sun. Second half included more trees and shade.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike that I would definitely do again. We did the Point Defiance Loop. As a "beginner hiker" though I don't know that I would have called this "easy". We had 3 kids under the age of 10 with us. The two older did great, the little one had a hard time as there is a steep climb if starting at the covered bridge and going along the river. Also, there are some drop offs to the river that are very steep with the trail right at the edge of it, made me very nervous there also with kids. The half way point is gorgeous with a view of the river and picnics benches. I would recommend starting at the switchbacks going over the mountain first instead of along the river first for an easier hike.

hiking
1 year ago

This trail is rough and has lots of poison oak. It does lead to a relatively secluded spot on Lake Englebright. For a better workout make the entire loop.
Weekends in spring and summer can be busy.

Best for swimming, birding, photography, nature watching and maybe fishing. Harder than Buttermilk mostly due to a less developed surface part way. The northern and western portion of the loop are on an old dirt road.
If you enjoy nature go. If you are looking for wilderness, go elsewhere.

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Great family hike. easy to moderate.

1 year ago

It is summer so for sure it was hot. Great views of the river. Trail starts right at the old wood covered bridge. I hiked in to the lake and back.

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

spring is gorgeous! add it to the buttermilk trail and you have a great day! there is a killer climb if you do the whole loop, once you walk past the old bridge to Pt. defiance camp on north side of river, continue along the west side of Englebright lake up the steep long hill but the rest of that loop back to parking is so worth the views and spring delight!

1 year ago

this was a beautiful little nature walk. certainly not the moderate rating it says here. pretty but I wouldn't drive the 1.5 hours to get to it again.

hiking
2 years ago

The Point Defiance Trail is a great trail. We started North following switchbacks for a little while. That was probably the most difficult part of the hike. After that, it was pretty much all downhill on the North/West/South sides of the trail. There were enough trees to shade us from the 90+ degree weather midday.

We had to pay 5 dollars to park which wasn't terrible.

Overall, I will definitely hike this again. It's perfect for a quick 1.5 hour hike and a dip in the river.