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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.

The elevation gain on this is all in the last 6/10ths of a mile essentially. It's a workout.

When parking don't leave anything valuable in sight. I saw two cars with broken glass.

Go early the heat makes the elevation gain even worse.

It's quick-it's close to town it's worth it.

Not a easy one! I would say it is more a difficult/moderate trail. The view at the top is crazy

Had fun great views

Great place to train for trail running and hiking. Recommend you check this place out in different seasons. Also, short drive from Fresno.

24 days ago

Decent trail with views of the surrounding mountains and the river gorge. Light vegetation, mostly dry grass and oak trees. The only wildlife we encountered were the numerous lizards on the trail, the occasional hawk, and fish in the river. The fish were actually pretty damn big. Lightly trafficked at the time, and the whole loop can be done in 3-4 hours at a good pace.

Awesome place to hike, recommend you do this trail early morning. Be sure to bring lots of water if you hiking around lunch or after lunch. Going up will take a bit depending on how you pace yourself, and coming down is only half the time.. if you have trekking pole, now would be a great time to use them. Road is full of dirt and sand until you start to reach the top. You know your close once you start seeing fields of gold :) Don't let the steep hike scary you for making it to the top.. and be sure to hang out for awhile once your up there.

It's a bit of a workout! Didn't make it to the top. The last trek upwards was a little daunting for us and our pups. However, I'm sure the view would have been amazing...still got some good pics along the way.

Watch for biting flies.. it is a pretty tough trail especially if temp reaches beyond 85 degrees i have hiked 7 miles in usually no ppl in that far.. its an ok trail.. great for the challenge.. take plenty of water if u plan to hike in that far in the summer.. and least 4 liters of water..

It was a nice workout. Didn't make it to the top. Hate to say it. Next time I go I will make sure that it's not like in the 100's or high 90's when I went. Go in the morning when it's still cool unlike me.

1 mile straight up hike with excellent views of the San Joaquin river n Millerton Lake. It was a nice workout.

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