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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.

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...

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...

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fast and thrilling going down (just be aware of other hikers/bikers) definitely a challenge riding up and some bumpy terrain. Came across 3 downed trees. Rode on a hardtail. Take plenty of water! Filled my 2L camelpak and almost finished it and i went in the early AM hours

amazing view ☺️ excellent workout

Mostly incline. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Cant wait for cooler weather to do this one again. Got a lil freaked out by the rattlesnake sighting. but the views are wonderful!

hiking
2 months ago

very pretty in spring..Good hike...

Awesome trail starts off easy then it gets very challenging, great for beginners to test their will. Definitely recommend this for everyone to try it out.

Really good trail to test your abilities before going to higher altitude.

Love this trail

Short and sweet. Lots of uphill but very rewarding views.

this was my first hike with a steep incline it was definitely a challenge there were lots of rocks and some trees for shading along the trails Edge but the view is so worth it

Steep hike, there’s only a few level areas. Most of it is inclined walking. Take a hat there’s practically no shade. Gives you a different look at Millerton that has less people. At the beginning there’s a Bathroom and benches by the beach. Hot, went in July

hiking
3 months ago

This was a very easy hike, and had great views of the lake the entire way. I only ran into one other person the whole trail, and he was just fishing off the side of some rocks. Get here early during the summer, as there isn’t much shade and it gets very hot!
The trail is also very well kept. Most of the trail you can walk two people side by side.

Great, exerting hike....

Steep and Straight Forward. Great view of surrounding lake.

Got there early enough to catch the beautiful sunrise, great exercise. I recommend this trail

Excellent experience and beautiful scenery.

This was my first time hiking and I really enjoyed myself. It definitely wasn’t easy but there were a couple of nice shaded areas with rocks to sit on which made the climb easier.

great excersize.

Entrance fee into Millerton Lake was $12 for Memorial Day. Nice view of the lake. It was very steep the whole time up. A lot of bushes and brush getting stuck in our socks and clothes. We did not complete the trail but still got a decent lookout view. There is no shade, we went at 9 am and it was very hot already.
We also took an 8 and 6 year old. They fell a few times on the steep parts. I do not recommend for kids.

hiking
4 months ago

This is my “go to” hike when I’m itching to go hiking but don’t have much time to drive out an hour.

First off, the park area is great and you can also walk down to the lake prior to or after your hike.
On some occasions our “fight team” use this area for fight camp because it has the parking lot for running and then we’ll hike or run the trail to the top of pincushion mnt. The view up there is very rewarding.

This is a good challenging hike for me. I enjoy hiking but i have not gone out for years. I plan on hiking this trail more often so it can condition me for future hikes. See you soon...

It was a good challenge for me. Not easy.

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