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trail running

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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.

Lovely trail in January also! our four year old grand daighter hiked with us and enjoyed the off trail beaches. (I think that under four would be too difficult.) She got a bit tired on the way back. We met up with a few bicycle riders but mostly hikers.(The toilets were nasty) I would recommend driving past the picnic area to the end of the road where there is more parking. We will be back!

So we went straight up to the top which is quite the workout. If only we had taken the more eastern trail to get to the top. It still would have been a steady climb but better than hitting the sections on the more western trail that had 35-58% grade in some parts. It was such a great day for the hike. Mild temps, lots of greenery, and the river was flowing nicely. Nice way to spend a Sunday and get a good workout.

4 days ago

Great day hike trail, especially Nov-May

Very steep incline, but the view made it worth it. Recommend it if you want a good leg workout.

kicked my butt! Perfect for Half Dome training in the foothills!

The views outweigh the steep incline. Not very well marked. Busy trail with families and dogs.

Beautiful in the summer and the winter. Can get very cold and blustery though!

Great for family. Kids loved exploring

Nice walk around the south shore. Trail is mostly flat and well-maintained. Lots of pit toilets located throughout the trail. Trail users were a bald eagle sightseeing group, a few mountain bikers, some joggers, and a few hikers. It’s a good winter hike but I imagine summer hikes could be brutal due to heat, ticks, and rattlesnakes. One minor annoyance...if the trail signs says no dogs, then why do people think the rules do not apply to them????

19 days ago

Went with my 10 year old. Very easy, very flat, nice dirt trail. The first 1.5 miles follows the road but prettier once the road stops. We did see a tarantula! Would not do again for myself as I would want more of a challenge but 100% for sure doing it again bringing my 3 year old next time. Super family friendly.

trail running
21 days ago

Safe, well marked, awesome. Wish I had done it sooner.

This was a fun trail with great views from the top!

Great Sunday afternoon hike. There were plenty of overlooks and places to stray along the trail. It’s perfect for a family outing!

Easy trail for my 7 year old and I

The hike wasn’t too difficult but it was entertaining. The end of the trail has a spectacular view, I recommend taking time and just looking around with an open mind.

It was a nice hike to just get out of the house, but in my opinion, nothing too spectacular.

mountain biking
2 months ago

great for mountain biking

2 months ago

Not a bad trail. Was too easy and left us wanting more. The sad thing was there was no other trails on this side of the lake.

Went on this hike with my 6 and 7 year old kids. Was a bit challenging for them but they loved it. It was pretty sunny so I would advise hats! The incline was a great workout and once you make it to the top the view is amazing. Ran into a lot of friendly people and will definitely be hiking this trail again.

This is my wife and kids to go spot. Making it a tradition to go every Sunday morning. Great views, a bit hard, lots of incline, but worth it. Love the scenery and the drive for us is very short.

My wife and I Hiked this yesterday. When you get to the top of the peak the views are awesome. We followed the map and went around the back side of the peak which made the final ascent a little easier.

It is steep but not impossible. There was a family with a couple of kids probably 8-10 who made it to the top. This was great if you wanted something challenging but not to long. Will do it again.

It’s a great workout!

Really great morning hike to start your day! The views are really pretty!

I hiked this yesterday with my dog. This was our first official hike. I clocked it at 9.2 miles from the parking lot. There isn’t water at the end. The Pa’san trail loops back around into the wuh-ki’o trail. It would have been much easier to start with the wuh-ki’o trail because the Pa’san is all up hill. For a beginner like myself, a quarter of the way in you feel like you’ve hiked 6 miles. Spent all our energy and resources climbing the mountain just to find out the hike back was super easy. There is a beautiful peak at what feels like the top of the mountain. Good hike though! This one is checked off the list.

Short distance. Decent incline. Cool view. Fun for a quick hike.

Walked this trail many times now, with and without a dog. Beautiful views of the river and wildflowers in spring. Beware of poison oak just off the trail in a few places before the bridge.

No free trail what is this?

Had a great time hiking this trail. Late Fall, lots of tarantulas...

4 months ago

The hike was like a stair master at some points....haven’t been hiking in some time and was a bit sad to see that dogs weren’t allowed on trail. However, I did see that people generally didn’t care for that rule and had dogs with them anyway. I’m sure it’ll be ok until someone decides to be a negative Nancy or a permit Patty and start calling park rangers to control people bringing their pets on trail. Overall, the trail was fun and had a nice leg workout for a short hike. Will come again with wife and dog next time.

Awesome for beginners...

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