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5 days ago

*Eric Brandt gives a great assessment of the overall hike.
*the signage was the coolest I've ever seen for trail i.d.

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2 months ago

This provides a great description of what to expect. The lake was almost full and had some beautiful Birds (Coots) and pretty wildflowers. Well maintained trails and great signage let you know which direction to go (with the help of the app map). A little warm today, though I did start the hike late.

3 months ago

Lovely mid distance hike. The first 1.5 miles are paved, so it is great if you have a stroller or kids with bicycles. There’s also a picnic table at the lake, so you can take a break or have a snack.

4 months ago

Great hike/walk. Easy slight uphill to the lake which is darling and currently has lots of water. Lots of shade and lots of trees but not a dense forest so you can see everything around you. 5 paws up according to my dogs.

10 months ago

Great hike for people looking for some exercise but aren’t trying to over do it. Bring plenty water and snacks. Takes about 3 hours !

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11 months ago

Lake Ella Trail provided an exceptional short, easy hike for me and my daughter (Ella) on a fine October day. The trail head is easy to find, with ample parking. The first (and last) mile, all on asphalt, was easy and provided a nice look around to where we were headed. Martis Lake, to the south of the dam, and the Martis Valley served up some nice views. Once we hooked left (east) and started up the main trail in Waddell Ranch Preserve the rest was predominantly in the trees with few, if any, vistas. The grade is smooth and easy up to Lake Ella and well-marked with nicely done iron signs. Lake Ella was a splendid surprise, having never known of it even after living nearby for over thirty years. Although it is also identified on signage as "Dry Lake", this was not the case, and the lake was quite full, no doubt a result of the recent record snowfall the previous winter. There are nice spots to sit, including a picnic table, and overall a quiet scene. On our return trip, we took the "Emily Loop" which took us through the trees on a winding, switchback-laden trail that appeared to have been designed for mountain bikers. It was clearly rarely used in recent times, and in places difficult to see the actual trail. Thanks to the track on All Trails, we were able to navigate the return. One high point was the "David Brown"lookout over Martis Valley just above where the trail turns back towards Martis Lake. Overall discovering this trail made for a great day hike and a wonderful time for father & daughter!

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Monday, October 10, 2016