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Millerton Lake State Recreation Area is located in the heart of California, near the southernmost end of the Mother Lode gold region. Here, where the San Joaquin River flows out of the Sierra Nevada foothills and into the Central Valley, 319- foot Friant Dam was built across the river canyon in 1944 to form Millerton Lake. With over 40 miles of shore land for water sports, this SRA offers visitors swimming, fishing, and boating. The hills surrounding the lake provide good hiking opportunities. Wildlife in the park includes ground squirrels, cottontails, mule deer, badgers and bald and golden eagles. During winter, the park has special boat tours to view the bald eagles. The lake was created by construction of the Friant Dam across the San Joaquin River in 1944. The park’s camping facilities include boat camping. The park contains the original Millerton County Courthouse, built in 1867. The area is 20 miles northeast of Fresno via Highway 41 and Highway 145. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

This trail was absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed the views so much because every step you take is a perfect photo! Nature at its finest. However, it is easy peasy to get confused/lost. The trail has no signs after the very beginning. Plus, it diverges multiple times! We assumed that when the trail split into two that it would eventually converge again...but it didn't. It actually kept splitting into different ways you could go! Different pathways lead to different destinations and like I said, there are no signs after the very beginning to guide you and make sure you're still on the right trail! I was fortunate to have my hiking partner whose sense of direction is much better that mine so that we could find our way back! Lol We hiked for 6 whole hours...just caught up in all the beauty. The Fields of Gold at the top of the mountain was the very best :)

Beautiful! I'm just not in the Best of Hiking shape...this trail showed me that!! But..Great& Beautiful

12 days ago

easy hike. narrow one person path. travels along the lake shore which is nice. no loop, so you walk the whole trip and have to take the same route back. lots of fox tails and thorns. saw lots of animlas including a sad dying deer blocking the path. lots of places to walk down to the water or big rocks and rest spots for pictures. $10 to park.

15 days ago

Drive to the end of the pavement so your walk is just along the shoreline. I wish I had done this earlier when it was still green. Still pretty. Did not see any snakes - just bunnies, birds and squirrels. $10 parking is a bummer.

Great early morning workout!

on Pa'san Ridge Trail

19 days ago

A nice steep climb with excellent views.

Great XC MTB trail. Also good for walking. Best from late fall to late spring.

long trail with some scenery. wild cattle and beautiful spring flowers. most definitely an all day thing.

Beautiful local hike that's difficult enough to
Consider a workout too

27 days ago