Hours: March: 7 AM – 7 PM April: 7 AM – 7:30 PM May: 7 AM – 8 PM June: 7 AM – 8:30 PM July: 7 AM – 8:30 PM August – Labor Day: 7 AM – 8:00 PM LABOR DAY – Second Weekend of October: 7 AM – 6 PM (WEEKENDS ONLY)

Great views. Tip: $8 parking fee and opened seasonally

1 month ago

Somewhat crowded. Started out as a fishing trip, ended up walking the loop.

Amazing views and a good workout for a beginner like me. Some steep parts but manageable. We seen deer, wild turkeys and a banana slug! Lots of places to have a picnic and good pricing for boat rentals. Definitely coming back here again.

Such a beautiful hike. We did the highland loop trail; it was very peaceful and had lots to offer with views at the top looking down on the reservoir and stops along the shoreline. The trail is dog friendly, but don’t count on letting them go for a swim, they have strict rules.

5 months ago

Please note that there is SEASONAL ACCESS ONLY from March 1 to Labor Day, with weekend access through mid October. I really wish AllTrails noted seasonal closures, as so few of my area parks are closed that I didn't think to check. We drove an hour and a half and it was closed. The description should not say "best used..." it should say "open only..."

Nice lake in the middle of a beautiful redwood forest. Lots of fishermen the first half mile of the trail, but after that we had the rest of the trail all to ourselves.

Absolutely beautiful. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

Long shaded redwood trail. Quite steep elevation climbs in short spurts. Wonderful lake views, can’t wait to come back and rent a small boat and go fishing!

I lost my cellphone on the trail today. Galaxy s5. please call 720-233-7026. thanks!

A great hike with the dog. It get's busy on weekend afternoons so I recommend going early. The resovor is beautiful and full of wild life.

11 months ago

Easy hike did the loop starting from the end point
You can also rent some fishing boat and explore
Around nice for barbecue as well

Lived in Santa Cruz 10 years and never knew this place was up here! Went the counter-clockwise route as suggested. Took the Glen trails to Big Trees trail to Highland trail around to Loch trail back to the park store, total of 5 miles. Mosquitoes were SWARMING!! kinda of a drag but I was prepared with Doterra Terra shield bug repellent and not one bite.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Very nice trail and I enjoyed it a lot. I'd recommend to hike it counter-clockwise. This way you can do hills first and finish with a stroll along lake shore. Also when I was there I encounter some mosquitoes, so having repellent handy would be a good idea.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful hike with amazing views. We were a novice group of hikers and it took us about 2 hours to complete the hike. Comparisons to the Sierras are accurate. Will definitely be back.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great trails and great fishing !!!!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Some of the short trails near HQ don't have clear entrances, might get off trails easily if you don't double check.

There's no map guide, and all the online maps are missing some details, need to take a picture of the map on the bulletin board at parking lot before hiking.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Closed from Mid-October to April.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

So so beautiful! The majority of the hike is uphill so just be prepared for a more strenuous adventure. Bring water too as there is no drinking water on the trail or even in the recreation area. 6 dollars to enter and park.

Monday, May 16, 2016

It was beautiful today! The trails are all in fantastic shape and the water was crystal clear. It's one of the very few 100% dog friendly parks in the area (excluding the water since it's drinking water). Next time we will have to kayak out to the little picnic island!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

We went to hike that trail only to find that it is closed. We asked and was told that it is closed for 3 years now due to the draught.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Great for dogs, families, picnics, fishing, Kayaking. One of my favorite spots in the Bay Area. Amazingly peaceful and beautiful.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

i love this trail, the clime up to the weather station is getting easier each trip. It is still a strenuous workout

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