Explore the most popular lake trails in Lake Pleasant Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely loved it!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Saw 3 wild burros about a quarter mile from the start! Spot #9 on the map is where we started and it was $7 per vehicle to get into the park. Lots of cactus, but nice weather.

Actually burros visited.

Awesome trail. Great view of the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike through canyons and along the lake ending with quite a view of Lake Pleasant. We finished the trail with an eight-year-old and a four-year-old and it wore them out. Highly recommended.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked this trail in hopes of finding burros, I arrived at the trailhead in the afternoon and I did not find any burros. The trail itself is relatively easy with a light elevation gain. I started at the very top of the trail around Peninsula Rd and then made my way down to other end of the trail. It was great getting to look at Lake Pleasant and have a quiet walk around the lake. If your looking for burros, I would suggest either getting there in the evening or in the early morning.

Very nice clean restrooms along with a great picnic area. Lake level was good too. Very disappointed we totally missed the blooming season...not even a dead bloom in sight. The hiking books all said there should be blooms into April.

We are infrequent hikers and found this trail was a good match for our ability. We are 71 and 66 years and live in the Midwest so have little experience of high desert hiking. We did Pipeline from Cotonwood Picnic area to its terminus at another parking lot, ate lunch there and turned around and hiked back. We took the Yavapai Trail turnoff on the way back. It was a good section of that trail for us, mostly downhill and great views of the lake. Took us about 2 hrs, 45 min total. It’s very rocky, good shoes help, water is essential too. A terrific hiking experience for us!

Awesome trail and the views of the lake are breathtaking.

Beautiful trail. Slightly confusing in the beginning, but once you get on the trail you will see the sign for Yavapai point.
Narrow towards the top, so be careful for oncoming hikers.

Fun hike! Loved the views of the lake and getting to go right by the water. My pup enjoyed the break from the heat for a little water play time.

Easy little trail right by lake!

hiking
5 months ago

unless you have a special permitt to make it past the gate by the harbour DO NOT even bother driving down

nature trips
6 months ago

Saw six or eight burros on the North end of he trail.
Restroom at the trailhead was a lifesaver.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail & easy

on Yavapai Point Trail

6 months ago

One of my faves.

Took our scout troop and this trail was perfect! Nice views of the lake the whole time and easy access to the water in many spots. Cool Hohokam ruins too!

hiking
6 months ago

Great short hike. Amazing views. Agree that the trail gets more narrow the higher you get. Just be careful! Sad I didn’t see any of the wild burros too!

Easy hike, even for my 7year-old!! We saw wild donkeys and the views of the lake are beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

Best one yet! Beautiful scenic views of the lake and the desert.

Starts off at cottonwood Ln. You must start at pipeline trail until you meet with Yavapai trail.
The trail is very rocky, and narrow so be prepared with some good shoes and be ready to make yourself super skinny when letting others pass and try not to fall on the cholla. There’s rarely any shade so bring lots of water!
The lake view is amazing once you get to the viewpoint. Overall we really enjoyed this hike!
People were complaining because it’s so narrow BUT do your research before heading out or just head out and make the best of it! :) no one likes whiney hikers ;)

The trailhead was at the Cottonwood picnic area. We decided to start at the Pipeline trailhead and took the “shortcut” to Yavapai Trail. For January, the Lake Pleasant water levels were obviously lower as seen on the shoreline rocks. The panoramic views were vast all around. From the summit we saw the narrow bridge on the Pipeline trail towards the marina. There were lots of Cholla along the narrow switchbacks, so be careful not to catch one of them on your pants. If the Cholla happens to hitch a ride, be prepared to remove it with nose pliers or a comb. This was a quick and easy hike.
Park fee at entrance. Nice restrooms at trailhead.

Great little warm up trail with some very nice views . Relaxing

camping
6 months ago

Beautiful view of the lake from the top!

Fun for the whole family. Easy going trails with up and down terrain and beautiful scenery. Easily accessible adjacent trails allow you to create your own adventure.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy to Moderate hike with beautiful views! It does cost $6 to enter Lake Pleasant, based on the honor system. We encountered just a handful of other hikers, so it was very quaint. I highly recommend this hike for the diverse Arizona scenery. It took us 1 hour & 45 minutes to do the Pipeline Trail, which is about 4 miles.

hiking
7 months ago

We enjoyed the scenery as well as the trail.

This was a nice hike, wide easy trail to start, it narrows about half way. Ends with a wonderful view of the lake

Amazing! Great views and nice workout! Do this hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Great views and easy for dogs.

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