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Well marked. Restrooms in parking lot. Nice views. It says you need a permit from EBMUD, but they don't say where to get the permit. So you risk a ticket...part of trail bear hwy 49 is noisy, but that part is short.

great trail with river access and nice views from the top.

Seemed shorter a hike around the lake. Wouldn't call it easy hike. There are several areas tatarea little treacherous to climb up and down on. I had my dogs on a leash, virtually no one else did until I told them that one of mine was not dogfriendly. Mostly people were of the attitude of "that is not my problem". Until they had mine in their dogs face. Then they complied with leashing their dogs as required anyway. Besides that interlude a beautiful hike with lots of flora to see. The scents in the air even on Christmas Day was amazing. Did the loop in about 90 min.there are many places you can just sit by the water. Beautiful on a quiet day.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty and quiet trail. Everything was so green with gorgeous views at the top.

I went to this trail to go on a run. I discovered the first part is easy for running as the trail is wide and maintained. As the trail gets more into the wilderness part of the trail on the back side of the lake it becomes more difficult to run. Overall, a great Saturday morning workout. Trail was quiet and serene. Nice views of the lake, lots of little bugs so bug repellent will be necessary on my next trip.

The lake is located down a really pretty two lane country road just outside of Jackson. There is plenty of parking at this easy-level loop trail. It's very lightly travelled with various paths that allow you to walk right at the water's edge or climb up above the lake and walk through the trees. I went during the Fall and wore a jacket because it was rather cold but not cold enough to be uncomfortable. I think I would've done just as well with a sweatshirt. It's definitely a relaxing hike and can be done in a few hours.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic loop trail around the lake that is quiet and serene. Half of the trail is fairly well maintained and the other half has more of a wilderness feel to it. Only one area of minor elevation gain. There is a very narrow and rocky descent and climb back up at one of the bends. Maybe 10-15 feet but enough to use caution. Great hike, have returned often.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This is a moderate trail great for medium to large dogs.

hiking
8 months ago

Good loop around the lake! Bug repellent a must this year.

Nice small lake looping trail. Easy walk with wildflowers right on the path. Visitors can kayak and fish for bass and trout. Plenty of picnic tables and an outhouse facility. Take a foldable chair if you need to rest along the trail. I would certainly visit again.

walking
9 months ago

Easy stroll only one big hill. Not much shade for summer heat. I suggest walking early morning. This is shared with horses. Dog friendly too.

walking
1 year ago

Nice walk. It's the local Turkey Trot for Amador County. It's 2.7 miles. Beautiful morning.

trail running
1 year ago

scenic driving
1 year ago

Sorry these are tailing wheels, not water wheels. They were used to remove the tailings from the hard rock gold mining once all the rock had gone through the stamping mill. They were closed down during world war two, as all mining was suspended by the federal government. 2 of the 4 wheels have been standing, out in the open for over 70 years. One is now enclosed in a plexi-glass building, on the original footprint of the building that once held these magnificent wonders. It's free and worth your while to take a look.

on Lake Tabeaud Loop

hiking
1 year ago

Nice place to meet friends on a Sunday. It is a walk not a hike. It will work for all. The lake is very nice to see, the water level is controlled by EBMUD. No swimming, and the fishing is fair. At a good pace you can make it all the way around in less than an hour.