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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.

Great 8 mile loop.

This is a pretty hard hike. At the end the trail includes climbing over rocks so not the best for young children. But the view from the top is incredible and absolutely worth it. It took a lot longer that I anticipated so I recommend bringing more water than you think you need.

Steep midway but view at the top was worth it! Park on the road to avoid the fee.

Had a great time on this trail. I imagine it would be very hot in the summer, but today it was just beautiful, with my niece and 2 dogs. It was easy for me , for being my first hike after double knee replacement. I would do it again.

Great short hike, it’s a drive to get too for most people but anyone with dedication can go there for a good day hike. The drive discourages the lazy people so no teenagers and very little people. Great view, kept nice.

It a very easy trail, simple loop. It’s a great walk in spring

It was very steep, but completely worth it! My husband and I are pretty out of shape and did Ok with a few breaks. Will definitely do it again.

Great workout.

Plenty steep but worth it once you reach the top. Short but good workout.

Very Good Hike. It was our first intermediate hike, it was difficult but the view was worth it!

Great little hike and views. Lots of traffic. Good to see people out and using it.

Great hike pretty steep at a few points but the view at the top is worth it. Good conditioning trail for hiking before half dome

Beautiful place

Steep and beautiful!

Nice little steep uphill trail. Only about 3miles round trip. I don’t like going during summer because it’s dry and dead. Spring and fall are best. Sunsets up here are AMAZING.

Short and steep. Well marked.

Beautiful trail. There’s a sign that says no dogs but there’s also a sign next to it saying dogs on leash allowed. Trail was nice, a bit narrow and I went on a holiday so it was a bit crowded but everyone was friendly. Extremely uphill, make sure to bring a ton of water and maybe eat a banana before so you don’t cramp.

Great hike, good uphill trek. Only issue is this trail has become so popular it can get overcrowded at times.

Totally fun hike. It was foggy in the valley and beautiful at the top.

I hiked Buzzard's Roost last fall. It was an easy and beautiful hike. I am in my sixties, and friends with me were in their seventies. It was not a difficult hike for any of us. The terrain was fun and colorful. I admit we kept saying, "Are we getting closer?" many many times. I think we were just anxious to get to the top. The walk back seemed much shorter. I loved the view of the valley below. This is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. I had so much fun. We actually ran into our son, daughter-in-law, and grandson on the trail. This was a total surprise, because we had not discussed going on the hike. I plan to hie again in the Spring. I want to experience it in different seasons.

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