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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.

Hiked early in the morning & glad I did! As I was leaving multiple groups were starting the trail.

Loved it, I took my dog along.

10 days ago

Very nice trail, the lake is gorgeous right now. $10 parking fee so take cash.

Really nice. River was beautiful. Not a lot of places to sit down in the shade for a break to give you a heads up. Not a lot of people on the trail. In the beginning it's a lot of going up so be prepared :) it's worth it though.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Great for a short fun workout. watch out for the thorns.

Definitely longer than 7.6 miles. I would recommend going clockwise.

25 days ago

Trail seems a bit longer than posted with the 2.2 to the gorge . Trail was busy today lots of mountain bikes the trail is pretty good bring plenty of water and enjoy the scenery.

Good trail. First mile or so is the most difficult. Even though it's not technically part of this trail, the Pincushion Peak detour is well worth it at the beginning! Stopping point suggested by AllTrails is a little anticlimactic.

If your planning to do thePa'san trail in the San Joaquin Gorge be prepared and take either extra water or water purifying tablets. You may encounter some nice streams to replenish you water supply. We took our kids ages ranging from 11 to 9 years and they managed the trail just fine. Since this was the first hike of the year we were a bit out of shape but very glad we did it. Great scenery and the weather was excellent. Start early so you don't catch the afternoon heat. Enjoy!

1 month ago

Nice & Easy beautify scenery, fun

Love it, nice scene, a quick hardcore hike.

Beautiful scenery. great hike near some waterfalls.