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.
I see a lot of variation in distances posted for this trail. I think this is a 9.8 mile hike. From the parking area to the bridge is 2.2, out and back. Once you cross the bridge and get to the trail head, Pa'san Ridge Trail, it's a 7.6 mile loop. I would recommend going as early in the year as possible to enjoy cooler weather. We hiked counter clockwise, which I would recommend. Lots of people on the trail, hiking, biking, on horseback, and lots of dogs.
Awesome view at the top. My 3.5yr old made it all the way to the top with very little assistance. If you haven't had the experience to see a sun set from the top on this one your missing out. plus just under 10min hike back down to trailhead.