Sly Park Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail

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Sly Park Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pollock Pines, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.7 miles 551 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Summer boating, fall colors, winter snowshoeing, and spring waterfalls make this El Dorado park enjoyable year round The trails around Jenkinson Lake can be visited on horseback, mountain bike and foot. This guide, however, is going to focus on hiking. The full route, if you go all the way around, is just over 8 miles. With the continuous ups and downs it can feel like a lot further though. The total elevation change is insignificant but the small "whoopdedoos" can amount to hundreds and even thousands of feet perceived elevation change. Good physical endurance is a must if you're going to make it all the way. Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park has outdoor activities all times of the year. Snowshoes, cross-country skiing, boating and swimming are enjoyed by many. It's a huge park with more features than most people can visit in one day. There are events in the park that include everything from community mixers to the yearly "Run on the Sly". This park has been voted "Best Recreation Facility by the Mountain Democrat newspaper year after year.

45 minutes ago

Very nice, easy alpine lake hike.

hiking
1 day ago

This was a great long hike but came across too many people. Maybe we will come back on a weekday and bring our kayaks as well. start on the south shore more shaded and less trafficked. Waterfall was dried out. We found parking outside of the park.

16 days ago

A great moderate hike with nice lake views. My GPS showed it as 8.6 miles

16 days ago

Great moderate hike, with beautiful scenery. But as others have said, it is not 7.7 miles. We clocked 9.2. Dogs did well on the trail. Loved having water fountains and bathrooms all along the trail. Will definitely go again!

hiking
22 days ago

We hired this path today and aside from a small detour down to a secluded pond at the bottom of the aqueduct I come to the fact that this is not a 7.7 mile trek it's closer to 9 miles. But it was a great time beautiful views and good family fun. By the way my 8 year old daughter made it the whole way without a hitch.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. The trail is well maintained and very easy to follow with water stations along the way. Next time, I will bring my kayak too.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was a fun easy fast hike back to the waterfall in the back. Was able to bring my family with me which made the experience more fun. The waterfall was very cold but refreshing. The hike was made fun since we would stop part way through to take a dip the the warm lake water.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, easy to follow. Next time I'll stay on the more southern side and do and out and back at the bridge since the other side has lots of people and campers and loudness. Nice, mostly shaded trail that I will definitely be doing again.

hiking
2 months ago

Parts of the trail are enjoyable but we were mistaken in hoping for a more serene lake experience. Sections of the trail include asphalt roads through or around campsites and walking along relatively busy roads with little clearance. Always nice to hop in the lake at multiple locations and dog-friendly is always a plus.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. The kiddos and I enjoyed this one. At the end of our hike we took a dip in the water.

hiking
2 months ago

The hike around the Jenkinson lake is fairly easy and has beautiful views! Yes, their are a few steep locations, but if you go slow then the slope isn't too bad. Be aware of bikers on the trail though. The chimney area makes for a great location to go for a swim. The water isn't too cold. My Fitbit clocked me at about 9 Miles, but my cousin some how got about 10.1 miles.

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake to hike around, except for the awkward campsites you have to pass through on some sections of the trail. I clocked this trail at 9 miles with fitbit... and at the rate I hiked and when I finished, it didn't feel like 7.7 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful lake and trail. Easy to follow. Thought we would see more folks on trail but very quiet. Says 7.7 miles around but GPS had it at about 9. Leisure pace was about 4 hrs.

camping
2 months ago

Trail is easy to follow and not steep. Very pretty forest, but was disappointed to discover the waterfall is man-made.

3 months ago

Trail was great and easy to follow!! We
Had plans to do half the trail, but an hour into it we decided to go all the way around the lake. It took us under 3hrs to finish trail. We will definitely do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail all times of the year. Although I have gone all the way around, I prefer the south shore out and back. Not a fan of the north shore trek through the campgrounds. Shaded.

hiking
3 months ago

I don't know who said this LOOP was 7.7 miles. I clocked 11.41 working my way around the lake. We started at the South Shore trailhead and from there to the falls (yes, it is still flowing on June 12th) which was about 4 miles. Then it was another 7ish (depending on who's GPS you're looking at) back to the car.

The north shore part of the trail went through all the campgrounds. It was hard to find and keep on the trails even though there were signs marked on the road. The campgrounds broke up the serenity of the hike although there where some pretty areas along the way.

If I were to do it again, I would start at the South Shore trailhead like I did today and just do out and back.