Potters Point Loop Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Oroville, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.
The first landmark one encounters at Lake Oroville SRA is the truly massive dam overlooking the town of Oroville. It is also possibly the highest such earth dam in the country at 770 feet above the streambed of the Feather River. You'll also be crossing it's top to get to Potters Point. There's a lot going on at Lake Oroville and Potter's Point is but a small corner of the overall area, tucked away at the north end of the dam. It's got well developed mixed use trails, a small portion paved, a few scattered benches and picnic tables, a number of beaches, great terrain for horse and bike riding, trail running, hiking, and easy walks. None of the grades are grueling but there's enough to get a great workout. Potters Point, formerly a small mountain before the lake (1960's) is typical Sierra foothill. Most of it is forested in pine and oak with a good salting of chestnut. Animal life includes coyote, deer, rabbit, periodic big cats, turkey, quail, and others. Of particular interest is that a portion of the hike travels through an Eagle nesting area, which does get closed to the public during a portion of the spring and early summer months. The lake is a mecca for fishing and sail, and power boating! There's a highly developed equestrian element here too. Camping opportunities are available at a number of areas both around, and on the lake (both boat-in and floating campsites). There is the availability of equestrian specific campsite as well. Lake Oroville's Visitor Center has a museum, exhibits, videos and a store. There are also displays on the State Water Project of which Oroville is a significant component, and both the area's natural and cultural history. There is a striking panoramic view from the center's hilltop tower that not only includes a large part of the lake but also the Sierra Nevada, the foothills, and the valley with the Sutter Buttes mountain range (it's the smallest mountain range in the world) being a focal point.
I absolutely love this trail. Lots of ups and downs and it's beautiful, right along the water when the lake is full. Can't wait to do it in the spring. :)
This was a great winter time hike. It was sunny and around 60 degrees making the hike enjoyable. We encountered a few mountain bikers but all were friendly and seemed to mostly stay on the loop trail, which is only a portion of this hike. The trails were not very busy, likely because of the time of the year. However, there was some sort of fishing tournament at the lake which was ending just as we returned to the trail head. The weighing of the fish was taking place near the trail head and we had a bit of trouble getting out of our parking space as the trucks with boat trailers were lined up in the parking area. A minor inconvenience.