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hiking
1 day ago

fantastic trail easy for the whole family and features fantastic views. Be sure to visit the tide pools along the way.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful and not hard. Mostly full sun exposure, we were happy temperatures were 80. Sunscreen a must. Highly recommend!

Not a bad trail. Was too easy and left us wanting more. The sad thing was there was no other trails on this side of the lake.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy walking but so many spectacular views. Access to tide pools too.

Amazing views and actually saw whales from this vista!

hiking
10 days ago

Simple fun hike.

Pretty cool hike. Can be cold at the top but the view is very nice

11 days ago

Was very beautiful, I’m so glad I went. Very flat ground but very far to walk !

Beautiful views! Short hike, very worth it. Accessible from turnouts...not marked.

1 month ago

Had a fun weekend with Camping Women of the Sierra Foothills group. Bass lake was beautiful and this was 1 hike that had the most awesome view of the lake. We also took an easy walk to the Dam.

hiking
1 month ago

We had a beautiful, clear morning- stunning views, good workout!

Beautiful views of the lake and kings canyon.

Gorgeous and quick! Must do trail

Great for views. Easy trail.

Scenic views everywhere!

hiking
2 months ago

The Bluff Trail is an easy hike and the views are spectacular of the Central Coast and Pacific Ocean. This hike of the Bluff Trail is well worth doing, best in the spring when everything is blooming and it is not too hot, it was foggy on this particular day. This trail has both ticks and Poison oak as hazards if you get too close to the sides or go off trail. Rattlesnakes are very common here.
I actually was on three different trails, I started on the Bluff trail at the southern end, then switched to the Badger Trail to go inland for awhile. Then, I switched to the Rattlesnake Flats trail to head towards my car.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was very clean and wide at sections. You are deceived at first by a big mountain that is just the small peak before the actual Valencia peak. make sure to bring hiking poles, slippery on the way down.

A short hike, slightly uphill but easy to navigate (even for our 7 year old). Great views at the top on the rocks. The trail was well marked with interesting facts about the trees and such, even pointing out the poison oak (which was visible but avoidable and easy to identify from the info given). Took us about 45 minutes, including stopping for pictures and a snack/water break.

hiking
2 months ago

Parking: Turn into the camp and keep going down until you are where the trail begins on the app. At that point there is a small (fits ~3-4 cars) dirt parking area on your left and a gate on your right. Went around 10am and there was like 1 car there but by noon the area was full with 4 cars and 2 cars on the other side of the road. Easy to miss if you aren't looking at the app because you can go too far and hit the boy scout camp. Went during labor day weekend.

Walk; progressively downhill as you go in Not steep, barely noticeable. There are cut trees and a trailer at the beginning of the trail. Trees aren't super tall so it wasn't super shady. At the last part of the trail there are many ways on to the shore line. I went in through the first trail my dog can find. Found a nice shaded spot to swim with my dogs. Very clean. Lots of boats, jet skis

Shoreline: areas of pepples and areas of smooth sand+ gold flakes. So barefoot/water shoes base on where you are. The shoreline is a little murky when your dog runs through it but gets deep after a few feet.

So I personally like this place because it is isolated. By the time we left, there was 5 families all gapped out. If you want to rent out boats, that's at the North part of the lake. You can just drive and park right along the shore. But it was hella crowded.

2 months ago

easy hike, good views, great temperature, too manny people.

This trail is paved concrete; beautiful stroll and view but by no means is it a hike.

walking
2 months ago

Me and my three kids went up for the day. They enjoyed the hike and was excited to find the lake shore at the end of the trail. We went swimming and cooled down in the water and had the beach to ourselves. Beautiful scenery. Only thing that took away from it was all the construction and cut down trees at the beginning of the path.

Loved this trail. It was a good workout with the reward of stunning views. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike!!

This one is great for family. There’s a bit of dust and construction on the trail but after the first quarter mile or so it feels more like a hiking trail and less like a road. The trailhead can be a bit tricky to spot. The gate on the right is where it starts. Worse case is you’ll do what we did and drive to the end to the Boy Scouts camp before realizing we went too far. There are a couple of beach accesses once you get to the lake shore that are great for swimming. After those the trail appears to continue. Stopping at those first two spots and heading back came out to exactly 2 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view from the trail. This trail is rated moderate. I hate to see what hard is. Take lots of water and enjoy the scenery. We are beginners so It was hard for us but we were able to conquer it. I would recommend this.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Access was very easy. Parked off the side of dirt rode and started trucking. Went off trail through a meadow and spotted deer and cattle. Once we got down to the water we created a shelter made of branches and enjoyed the refreshing water. Highly recommend this trail for families!

Could not find a specific trailhead but the map really helped us! It’s basically a dirt road- WELL worth the short hike! The lake is absolutely beautiful. There’s not really parking but we just parked on the side of the road. It was only my husband, dog & I and we didn’t see anyone else while on the hike! Once we got to the lake we jumped in since it was pretty hot out. The lake was so refreshing.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice hike! Went a bit beyond the .5 mile(?) to see the views of the other end of the lake from a higher level. Very smokey from Ferguson fires. Will definitely go back when smoke clears for better viewing. Got in and back before noon to try to beat heat. Will take my kayak next time since lake access just across from parking area.

hiking
3 months ago

Cant wait for cooler weather to do this one again. Got a lil freaked out by the rattlesnake sighting. but the views are wonderful!

Easy enough for my four year old and beautiful view of the lake.

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