Bullards Bar Trail

HARD 23 reviews
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Bullards Bar Trail is a 13.4 mile loop trail located near Camptonville, California and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.4 miles
1,525 feet

dog friendly


mountain biking

trail running

Directions from Camptonville: Travel south on Hwy. #49, turn west (right) onto Marysville Road and proceed approximately 2 miles to the picnic ground and trailhead on the right. Both the east and west trailhead can be reached from here.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail with a lot of shade which made running in the heat on Saturday an enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend doing as an out and back or point-to-point though versus the loop. Main reason is last 4-5 miles runs along Marysville Road which is okay (although not nearly as enjoyable as running along the river) until trail dead ends and you’re literally on the road for about the last mile or so. Busy roadway with sections that don’t have much of a shoulder and not great view for drivers coming around corners. Also, about 5.5 in (starting from Vista point) trail dead ends into camp ground - to stay on trail veer right up paved road to boat ramp, go left through parking lot to stairs, follow stairs down and continue on trail to second boat ramp. Look for wheelchair access ramp by bathrooms. That’s where the trail picks back up. Took the help of a ranger to find it. Would do again as an out and back.

3 months ago

What a delightful surprise our June day-trip with our two young kids and two dogs turned out to be! The lake is gorgeous, the trails were lush and shady, the water perfect for swimming. We found a secluded spot and, other than boaters out on the lake, saw few other people. We’re definitely going back!

3 months ago

True, not much scenery other than the lake but a decent hike. Took my 12 yr old daughter and we trekked 6 miles of it. Took our 10 month old Husky/Shepard mix. He had a great time.

7 months ago

not much of a scenery except the lake, yet decent and not crowded all day hike. 15.5 miles

8 months ago


11 months ago

Love this place. Beautiful, moderate hike that's not crowded at all. I go here a few times a month.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Easy and looooong indeed. A few notes on this trail for the summer that others didn't mention:
- lots of houseboaters, water skiiers, and fishers on the lake, so the west side of the trail is hardly secluded and sometimes less than quiet.
- most of the trail is buggy but not awful
- others have noted slippery, wet trails. By now, its all dry with solid footing.
- the last 1-1.5 miles on the east side are simply walking along Marysville Rd, which is a bit like a state highway.
Still 100% worth it-- the color of the lake was my favorite part!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just a loooong hike, I only saw a couple of bikers in a 4 hr stretch...very secluded hike, great for dogs.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great trail for running! Easy to navigate, relatively smooth path and a great mix of inclines and declines. I wouldn't call this trail hard, it's just long if you make the entire loop. Dog friendly!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I did the trail today. It is well marked and the parking area is large. The Dam is quite impressive and the spill way was really flowing. I'm not sure why this trail is rated as hard. It should be like moderate/easy. I saw a couple of their 60s biking it if that gives you an idea. It would be a great track for beginner mountain bickers. There are some ok look outs but nothing awesome. Overall it was worth the exercise but I do not see repeating it.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Very nice, peaceful trail in January. The weather was in the 40's and although the trail was damp to wet, it was manageable. Surprisingly, we were the only ones on the trail and there were only a couple small motorboats fishing in the bay.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This trail is not as hard as every thing I have read says. It's just long. I did ten miles of it, fairly even, would be slippery when wet. Tons of newts and slugs, the water was low in the lake due to drought. It is however beautiful and nicely shaded. I would recommend it. And probably will do it again.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The trail is beautiful. Lots of newts and banana slugs and millipedes. The trail is however very poorly marked and even using a map I printed off from the Emerald Cove website we ended up getting a little lost. Our gps wouldn't connect because of all the trees. The views of the lake or gorgeous and the trail is a very easy hike. We are going again on Sunday.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

We enjoy a shorter segment - about 6.2 miles. We leave a car at the boat ramp at Dark Day and shuttle the hikers to the Vista parking lot (farther west-before you cross the dam) on your right (restrooms). The trailhead starts there and it is about 2.5 miles to the Schoolhouse Campground. The .7 miles up to the campground (where we sit at a picnic table and enjoy lunch, gets your appetite going!!! Then back down the .7 miles to the main trail where you turn right and hike about another 2.3 miles to the boat ramp. Spring is lovely with the Dogwoods and fall gives you better views of the lake as the leaves have fallen.

Friday, August 09, 2013

This is an absolutely beautiful hike and you can make it as long or short as you want (we ended up doing 15 miles inadvertently :). Started at the boat ramp, there are a lot of people boating (and jet skiers etc), but once you get into the hike, it's beautiful and quiet. We met only about 4-5 other people the entire time. Can get a little slippery but nothing dangerous. The colors of the water are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

This trail is really easy, and long if you want it to be. Lots of places to stop and swim, bullards bar is warm and fun.. The water is emerald color, really neat. I like to start at vista point and jog all the way to the end, and back, but there are a couple of other entrance points.. Dark day is at the other end and schoolhouse is the midpoint. 12-14 miles round trip, and shaded almost the entire way. Even in 100 degree weather it stays cool. So it's a perfect hike, really.. And of course, blackberries everywhere.

Highly recommend. I'm born and raised in Tahoe so I can be a bit of a trail snob, but this hike gets 5 stars. I love it.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I give this hike four stars! Not "as" epic as some of the Yosemite trails, but this is a truly hidden gem. It's sad that there are people living within 20 miles of this marvel who've have never been.
Be sure to visit the Rock House, Turtle Rock and the US Coast & Geodetic Marker.
Best time is March and April, I just went on this 3rd day of May and there was no water anywhere. But it was still an awesome day on the Rock.
It's worth the drive,...DO THIS HIKE!!!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Only got to hike part of the trail today, but it is an awesome hike. Lots of leaves on the trail, makes it a little slippery, but otherwise no problems.

7 months ago

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 09, 2006