Looking for a great trail in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, 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!

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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.

I enjoyed this trail however the uphill at the beginning was very prolonged and steep. Beautiful views, not as much shade though. We have seen many people on that trail and getting to top there were even more people up there. Not a very quiet trail, dog friendly for the most part. We did not follow the trail in this app thou because it looked very rocky and steeped so we took the longer trail up but a little bit easier one. Overall a great trail if you are not in the mode for a longer drive to Oakhurst or Yosemite.

Perfect day to hike. Monday 3/30/2020 started around 3:30 and got to the top and back 6:30

Did this trail with two beginners. They enjoyed it overall and are excited to be able to get out into nature. Highly recommend. There was a handful of others doing the trail as well.

hiking
closed
11 days ago

It’s closed. Great workout, must be very popular because there was a lot of people.

hiking
11 days ago

Did this trail with our three kids ages 12, 13, 15. It’s was nice! Easy beautiful trail. A couple of rocks to get over but that’s it. There is a couple spots on the trail where the path gets thin and has a steep embankment. So for young children that would be the only caution I would give. We made our trip about 1.0 mile / so we went in and turned around where we wanted to. Lots of pretty photo opportunities. :)

Good little hike! Still open on the weekends for now. Says no dogs on one side of the trail then says dogs on leash on the other side of trail. When we started at 13:00, traffic was light. Going back around 15:00, traffic was a little heavier. Very nice to hike with a view of the Lake the entire way. Friant Dam is also in the background making the view that much better!

Great trail, the parking area is closed

Nice trail- great views, especially in April when everything is green. Lots of people on this trail with the covid-19 scare. Overall I was pleasantly surprised.

Super awesome trail from start to finish; there’s stuff to see every part of the way. I would definitely say that the halfway turn around point is very anticlimactic, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going to the end although it was a ton of fun. Great views of the river throughout and you get fairly close to the water.

perfect time to hike! We went at sunrise and it was beautiful. at the fork facing pincushion, go on the right path and it’ll take you to see the SJR as you climb. There are many wildflowers and friendly cows.

Definitely a workout. We did it with a 10, 7 and 5 year old. We all made it!

Great trail, took our little dog and he loved it. Saw allot of people out on the trail, nice to see others doing the same. Saw some goats as well. Much needed for this quarantine time.

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off trail
over grown
scramble
17 days ago

It’s hard to give this rating because part of the trial that does exist is gorgeous; however, for mapping purposes, this trail should not be listed under the 8.4mile mountain loop trail because it simply does not exist for at least one mile. If you’re comfortable in nature & with maps and are with someone else, you can venture “off the trail” and eventually end up back on it BUT you may temporarily get lost. So...it’s five stars for its beauty but one star because it is not clearly mapped out.

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blowdown
closed
off trail
over grown
scramble
17 days ago

DON’T TRY IT! There is no trail in the middle of the loop! You will get lost if you try to follow this trail. Totally not worth it.

Packed due to social distances but a Great moderate walk but don’t bring your dogs because they are not allowed as the signs posted and they will drag you down the steep inclines as mine did. There is also a parking fee that we didn’t see when parked. You will get a $70 dollar fine.

We went hiking during this whole global response to COVID 19 and I figured/assumed INCORRECTLY that people would be out hiking. The hiking trail is packed with people. Very steep incline. Also the signs says no dogs but I’ve seen a loooooooot of dogs on this trail.

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Went on our first hike of the year . It was fun, nice views, good work out but there’s a but... a lot of people. People that are playing loud music, laughing out loud, taking Risky pictures for Instagram. It was so annoying. Hikers usually hike for the peace and quiet. To be in touch with nature. To encounter birds and some animals... but if there’s people being loud playing their loud music it takes all of the “hiking motive” away from it. So if you are one of those ppl, take headphones and be considerate with the other people on the trail. I was so annoyed... that I’m going to do my research next time to hope there’s not a lot of ppl on the trail.

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fee
no shade
1 month ago

Nice short hike and a little bit steep. Enjoyed the views.

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