Balsam Forebay

EASY 7 reviews
#43 of 70 trails in

Balsam Forebay is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Camp Sierra, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and fishing and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

walking

lake

wildlife

Short hike from the Balsam Meadows Sno-Park parking lot to the edges of Shaver Lake's forebay, where water is pumped at night to facilitate power production. Gorgeous little lake with dam and nesting Osprey.

21 days ago

short hike not spectacular but nice

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Really short out and back, nice views but unable to walk across the dam anymore. Lots of tree clearing, but really green.

hiking
3 months ago

very peaceful short hike to the beautiful lake Saturday morning. very few people

hiking
3 months ago

Late Sunday afternoon and nobody around. Great short hike to get wet in the water if you'd like. Good distance for kids and those getting started in hiking.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, beautiful spot for birding and sightseeing. Pretty little lake. Highly recommended, easy drive from shaver!