Explore Pa'la bici - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Pa'la bici Map
VIEW FULL MAP

We went Dec 11 and drove the scenic drive on the 13th. Not super crowded but they do have some road work by the zion lodge. Bonus tip: another great drive is to enter the park's tunnel through the east entrance of the park!

This hike was fairly repetitive- it's a lot of rolling hillsides, with cows and wildlife along the way. I wouldn't do it on a hot day, on a foggy winter day it was perfect. There isn't a lot of shade. At the back end of the loop hike we encountered two coyotes on the trail. It was getting near sundown, and I was a little freaked out because I had a small terrier with me. One coyote was on the trail itself, and the other coyote I saw over a ridge playing with a baby calf. It was surreal. The trail itself was pretty flat and got more strenuous at the end with some elevation. Lots of cows, and moderate number of people. If you do the entire trail, it's roughly 3.5 hours of hiking, so start early.

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

mountain biking
22 days ago

Friendly introduction to single track. It drains fairly well, so it is a nice alternative when it is wet.

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.

Great trail. Easy to hike. Great vistas

backpacking
1 month ago

My friends and I did this hike this week. It was amazing. Got it done in about 2.5 hours (1 way) not pushing it too hard.

This was a great hike. We did it in early spring, it rained just a bit the last 1/2 mile and there were snow flurries by the time we got to the car.

Scenery: 2
Views: 3
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Beautiful hike, liked the shade of the trees and being near the water. Has some steep spots but mainly easy trail. Lots of friendly hikers and mountain bikers on trail.

This is the first hiking at Walnut Creek. It was better than I expected. Above all yellow grass was swaying. But there was little shade for me to take a rest for a while.

Had a great time camping lake side for two days. the second day did the hike to the waterfall and it was not running. kind of a disappointment. but beautiful park and camp grounds!!!!!! the only other thing was all the hornets. made cooking breakfast a bit challenging, but they where all gone by dusk. Would go back for sure.

long, but beautiful.

Too many speedy, rude and cheap mountain bikers! Not a good hike for me.

In between highway and great coastal views. Can get very windy at times.

I'm 310 lbs and made it around the lake it not easy

Good views and mix of shaded/sunny areas but a lot of bikes so make sure to be on alert. Also saw a lot of deers close to the trail.

Tyreyty4866(; was a great snight xu

Great hiking trail!

Lovely, easy/moderate trail with ocean views. Would love to come back mid-week. Wouldn’t want to do this hike again on a weekend day—too many bikers zooming past. I wasn’t able to get into a rhythm, had to keep stopping to step off the trail to let them pass.

Tough. But fun.

road biking
3 months ago

Great trail flat until you cross the road to the dam then it gets steep.

loved this hike with my family. my 7 year old daughter complained a lot until she saw the water fall and got to swim. she also swam in the lake and that made up for her complaining. it was fun for the family! you can picnic in the lagoons, lots of boaters came in and picnicked on the shore. the water is beautiful and turquoise for a lake. just loved it!

This is a beautiful hike. 85-90% shaded the entire way. My suggestion is to park along Emigrant Trail near the 2nd dam (parking option 3 shown on the map) and take the lake clockwise. You have to walk through some camp areas but it never felt intrusive. Not a ton of signage, but if you are not sure which way to go just take the path that keeps you along the lake.

Had a great hike to the waterfall.

4 months ago

I second that the trail is mostly in the shade and I like that. It also has a lot of smaller trail options. It also has high elevation (sometimes steep climbs), which is also what I was looking for. The trail is pretty much gravel-ish. Will definitely come back for more.

We went on a Saturday (got there at 8am) and found parking pretty easily ($5). Luckily a ranger was there and gave us a map because this trail isn't well marked. You go through a few campgrounds. It was loud most of the trail. We either heard cars or the large amount of people on the lake. We had to move often for other hikers (large groups). The waterfall was VERY crowded. If you are looking for a trail that's peaceful and relaxing this is not the trail for you. It's closer to 10 miles as well. The trail itself is good for all fitness levels I would say.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked this trail and it is amazing. Definitely not 8.5 miles. I clocked 10.7 miles, so be prepared. Lots of it is shaded. You will see frequent changes in the ecosystem. This is a mountain biking trail and I was the only hikers I came across.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the Bay. It has it all, climbs, scenery, two parks, views for days, turkeys, turtles, cows, hawks, a lake...you get it. Go early on a hot day, bring water, layer and be prepared to take lots of pictures.

Even though listed mileage is 7.6 miles our hike once around plus the side route to the waterfall and back was over 9 miles according to my GPS. Nice single path trail with easy footing. Shade most of the way. Restrooms along the way. Dog friendly as they can drink from the lake the whole way. The waterfall is worth seeing.

Load More