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Great day between storms. Warm for a January day.

Simple and beautiful! Perfect Sunday trail to enjoy and reflect on the beauty God has created for us all.

Perfect for bird watching!

7 days ago

the trail wad closed due to erosion and not safe to use. blueridge and annies trail is open though

Just a beautiful day. Sunny, clear. Geese, ducks, hawks and an otter. I can only imagine in the spring with all the oak trees as a shade canopy.

Certainly not a challenging hike but it winds through foliage and takes you eventually to the wetlands where we saw many species of ducks and other birds. Quite lovely.

hiking
11 days ago

Wandered all around the capitol during governor's inauguration. If you have the time, I'd also recommend stopping over to the Leland Stanford Mansion for a free tour.

Closed for the season as of 12/30/18

road biking
14 days ago

Went with my family of 5 and it was very doable. There were 2 barricades on the west side of the trail because of some rock slides that block the path. There are small paths that go right around and connect back onto the main road. The small detours were a little too difficult to ride our road bikes through, but we just picked them up and walked them. The paths are easy enough to walk or mountain bike through. The rest of the path is very beautiful and a pleasant ride.

Great trail. Moderate difficulty only due to its length, otherwise a very easy walk. A couple parts are meh due to having to walk on roads / near campsites, but the vast majority of the trail is beautiful. Cold in Winter so bring something warm, and the lake level is low right now, which gives it an eerie kind of beauty. Highly recommend!

Perfect for walking your dog. Nice lake.

20 days ago

I hiked this trail three times. It is moderate hike. Beautiful views in different seasons. Waterfall at the end of pan handle area is wonderful mid point break. East side trail narrower and more shadowy than west side. Enjoy.

Gently sloping paved trail fairly easy for kids. We took our two y/o on his glide bike and while he got good speed down some of the hills, was able to maintain control. Nice little park midway for kids to play at and picnics

I like to trail run here when I can’t make it to auburn. You may encounter homeless near the creek. I go in the am and only come across other joggers and folks walking their dogs.

walking
1 month ago

Met with friends, we brought our dogs... easy peasy, with lots of picnic spots. I’ve also kayaked this lake... quiet area, not too busy. Watch out for horse manure.

Took our dogs with us on this hike. Fairly easy. Was adequately marked except when we had to walk in the road.

A spectacular 8.5 mile loop trail, generally well shaded, around an alpine lake. Parking is available on Mormon Emigrant Trail for a $5 self-pay day use fee. If you park inside the park (entry is just east of the cut off for Emigrant Trail), the day use fee is $13, but you can get a park / trail map at the entry station. The trail is decently marked at most places. A couple parts of the loop, especially down by the dam, force you onto roads where you’re competing with cars. Lake levels are down a bit, which lets you trim a mile or so off of the full distance at the upstream end of the lake if you stray from the trail a bit and brave some mud flats. We’ll be back: this one’s going on the regular rotation.

It is hard. You’ll wear out your boots. So steep, especially that last stretch at the top. But gotta try it at least once.

Enormous! Long but worth the trek

Great cool morning for hike. We took our dog Jax along and really enjoyed the great colors and trees. It took us 2 hrs for hike to end of trail and back. Trees were very awesome

Very nice packed trails for a beginner like me. Daughters loved it and the nature center. It has some live animals and an interactive museum. Quite a few different trails. Watch out for the river trail. Lots of rocks so watch your footing, but still pretty easy. River is gorgeous. I was told that you could watch the salmon traveling the river. We were too early to see that so we will be making another trip there soon.

We did this and it is a beautifull trail!!! Trees are amazing. Very easy

A well marked trail leads from the parking lot to the South Grove. Late October gave us the added treat of beautiful autumn colors from the non-coniferous members of the forest. The free map handed out at the gatehouse includes an expanded cut out of the north and south groves, highlighting where some of the largest are. These trees have to be seen to appreciate how magnificent they are. We’ll be back.

Absolutely beautiful in the fall

it's pleasant but I wouldn't call this a wilderness trail. it's a strip of woodland in a residential neighborhood that's more catered to bicyclists.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful time of year for this hike. Cool morning led to a great day. Trailhead decently marked with plenty of parking. Went on a Saturday and wasn’t crowded at all. Path was well traveled and a map was not needed. The quietness among these giants was awe inspiring. We did the north grove after this hike and it felt commercial in comparison.

We did this yesterday and had a very nice time. I love how many different birds there were. we did see a couple of cranes and 2 deer. Not many people out yesterday so was very peaceful.

hiking
2 months ago

This is the first hike I’ve done that was longer than 2 hours and I hurt. I’ll definitely do this once a month to see if I can do it faster. Yes there are barriers blocking part of the path but follow the footsteps on the ground and you’ll get around easily. The trail itself was easy just stick to the bike trail to avoid confusion i hit a dead end twice when I thought I could follow the map/app.

Speaking of bike path there are a lot of bikers. I started at 8:30am and I saw cyclist from the minute I started until I finished. (5hrs later) it’s nice to know you don’t have to worry about being alone for too long. Someone will zoom by you sooner or later. The view of the river/lake was so nice it made the jello feeling in my thighs soooooo worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Not to long, lots of various trails/paths to take. Safe, lots of kids all ages enjoying the nature center and trails.

You feel so small here
Humility takes over as you meander the trail through
Giant Sequoia Trees

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