Balsam Forebay

EASY 15 reviews
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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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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

dogs on leash

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.

hiking
26 days ago

Very nice easy short hike. We were looking for snow but luck. There is a small lake that you can walk around. Don't forget you snow-permit if hiking in the winter/spring months.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike to see variety of trees. Find the one that smells like vanilla. Not much elevation gain. Add some distance by walking around the lake. Some good rocks for kids to climb. Don’t forget your snow-permit if hiking in the winter/spring.

9 months ago

short hike not spectacular but nice

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

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Saturday, April 29, 2017