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

Clear Lake State Park is on the shores of Californias largest freshwater lake. The area is popular for all kinds of water recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and water-skiing. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. The park is the nesting place for waterfowl. Hikers enjoy the Indian Nature Trail, a self-guided trail that shows how the Pomo people, who lived in the area for centuries, utilized the areas resources. The trail passes through the site of what was once a Pomo village. The park visitor center features displays about the areas natural and cultural history. The entrance to the park is 3.5 miles northeast of Kelseyville on Soda Bay Road, north of Calistoga in the wine country. Open sunrise to sunset. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Summer temperatures often reach over 100 degrees, but most nights cool off comfortably. In winter it may snow in the park. Between October and March, temperatures can dip to 20 degrees, and rain is fairly common. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

Nice trail inside clear lake sp. Really nice place to watch the sunset and return to camp for dinner if you are staying in the park. Short and sweet hill climb. I think I was expecting more signage of an interpretive trail.

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29 days ago

Serene trail exploring the woods around Clear lake, with a minor climb of about 500ft and some lake views from top.

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4 months ago

Nice walk. Have to walk past campsites if you walk in to avoid $8 parking fee. Only slight elevation. Some pretty views of the lake and vineyards. Not a lot of shade. Had no issues with bugs when I went.

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5 months ago

Map wasn’t entirely accurate. Have to go through Parking lots and camp sites. Nice views however. Otherwise, the trail needs some work.

on Dorn Nature Trail

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7 months ago

let me start by saying i never made it to the trail. in the parking lot i was swarmed by mosquitos so i sprayed off and walked up to the trailhead. by the time i reached the trailhead i was surrounded by the pesky bugs and they were relentless so i decided to jog back to my car to escape. i jumped in my car and several made it in with me which i swatted the rest tried to pick my lock. oh yea, bring $8 for this experience, you need to pay park fees.

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9 months ago

Up until a week ago, I didn’t need mosquito repellent, but glad I had it today. Once things dry out, mosquitoes should disappear. It’s a beautiful trail, and using my Runkeeper app, from my car outside the park to the Indian Nature trail, then the Dorn Nature Trail, then out to the beach via the road, and back via the Dorn trail from the beach trailhead and back to the car, it was 5 miles with a 387 ft elevation gain over the whole route. I also came across a rattlesnake just off the trail up at the top loop, hidden in the grass. I was on the trail, but could hear the rattle five feet away, and just turned and went back the way I came. The Park Ranger said they’re not common on this trail and it was the first one I’ve seen since I started hiking this a month ago. Despite that I think it’s a really fun hike.

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9 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Lots of greenery and wildlife. In the Spring time it looks like a place where fairies and gnomes might live.

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Mon Jan 14 2019

A wonderful trail with beautiful views of Clear Lake and the valley filled with vineyards. Lots of deer. They don't allow dogs on the trail (you can walk them around the park), but I broke the rules and brought mine. $8 to get in, but you can park on the street at the entrance and walk in for free. Lots of people do that and you will see all of the cars parked on the side of the road. There are several entrances to the trail. The trail is marked, but can be confusing at times as there are several entrances/exits to the trail as well as dead-end overlooks. The trail is within the park and so even if you take a wrong turn, you won't be lost for long. Really enjoyed this trail.

Pretty disappointed. It’s about a 5 minute walk total. Very short and very easy. The only way I could see myself doing this trail again is if I took a little kid on like a trial “hike”

Mon May 16 2016

The Dorn Trail is a 2.5 mile loop. It is pretty steep, especially at the beginning. The hike begins in a heavily wooded area, with the trail winding up and around the ridge, over big boulders. The trail eventually spits you out near the top of the ridge where the trees begin to thin before opening up on a big meadow. Towards the top of the ridge, the trail becomes wider. We saw beautiful wildflowers on our hike. Despite the campground being full, we only saw a few other people on our hike. The trail eventually spit us out in the campgrounds at the top of the ridge. A good, moderately difficult short hike. The views from the top of the ridge, along with the wildflowers, made this hike worth the effort.

Took dorn nature trail (in the same park but it's a trail up the mountain). It zig zags the mountain so it's not very steep or difficult to hike. Pleasant and laid back. ^.^

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