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This lake gets a fair amount of foot traffic but is relaxing to be by the water. The main photo shown for this lake is not in fact lake balboa. It is a nearby lake located st the Japanese Gardens in the Sepulveda dam basin area about a half mile east of lake balboa. The gardens lake walk is superb for relaxation and meditative meandering.
The trail was decent. Moderate too difficult climbs depending where you start. There were pretty good views of Hollywood. The bads are there are little to no bathrooms and parking is horrendous. I recommend Hellman in Whittier it's comparable with out the crowds.