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Best trails in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area ranging from 1 to 8.7 miles and from 606 to 1,850 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Pincushion Mountain Peak
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
This is the direct route to Pincushion Mountain and one most often traveled by hikers looking to get to the top. The trail forks about halfway through and veers to the right leading to a very challenShow more
#2 - Pa'san Ridge Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the road to the trailhead is currently closed adding a 2.5 walk down to the trailhead, and then 2.5 uphill to get back. Please see the park's website for up to date infShow more
#3 - San Joaquin River Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 17.3 mi • Est. 8 h 53 m
San Joaquin River Trail is a 17.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Friant, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#4 - Blue Oak Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
The easy South Shore trail is the best hike. The scenic portion starts at South Bay Picnic Area and is 2 mile 1-way. Almost at the exact geographic middle of California, Millerton Lake State RecreatShow more
#5 - Buzzard's Roost Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 42 m
Buzzard's Roost Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Friant, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, runninShow more
#6 - Pincushion Mountain Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
Pincushion Mountain Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Friant, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#7 - Pincushion Peak via South Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Pincushion Peak via South Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clovis, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#8 - Pincushion Mountain Loop
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Pincushion Mountain Loop is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Friant, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more