Explore the most popular walking trails in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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
25 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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.

In the middle of a network of trails, offering something for any level of ability. At roughly the 0.4 mile mark the trail has a major fork. The posted trail is primarily the left fork. A shorter and steeper version is the right fork. Left side has more breeze and more scenery; while the right fork offers more thigh burn.

This is a nice trail with beautiful chaparral landscape, with lots of oaks, rocks and wildflowers. It is a good steady climb to the top, but it’s good for beginners. The walk back to the parking lot at the end feels steeper than you remember on the descent down, so just keep that in mind as you go. It’s very sun exposed on the ascent (if you go counterclockwise), so I’d go on a cool day and would probably avoid peak summer if you are sensitive to the Central California heat. I personally can’t wait to go back during tarantula season!

I was looking for a hike that was dog friendly and this hike was NOT it. About 2 miles into the hike we noticed that the trail was covered with foxtails and another corkscrew looking. Super brutal on my poor little pup. Main reason for my 3 star rating.

We started the hike early and I suggest everyone do the same. There is little shade once you reach the backside of the trail and it was got hot quick. We took another hikers suggestion and took the trail counterclockwise. Some great views. Challenging steep consistent incline for first 3 miles. This is a great hike if you are looking for a workout. I am happy that we completed this hike but don't think I will take up the challenge again.

good hike but a little challenging if you are out of shape but it is doable.

Short but intense hike. Pretty steep most of the way up. My calves are definitely feeling it a couple days later. My 8 year old was able to make it while the 11 year old puttered out just before the steepest part towards the end. As others have noted, the views at the top are well worth it!

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