Clifton Court Forebay Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Clifton Court Forebay Trail is a 16.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Byron, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.2 miles Elevation Gain: 55 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

nature trips

road biking

walking

running

lake

no shade

This paved bike trail goes around the reservoir on the maintenance road. Lots of fishermen out here. The pavement is smooth, the views are nice.  You can park on the levee just off the Byron highway where all the fisherman park. It can get super hot during the summers.

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

good bring bug spray for all types

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Just a basic ride around a non picturesque lake. the only redeeming value was that the paved path was well maintained. Not worth a special trip.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
7 months ago

Dog friendly! Great walk. Access to the lake/river and it’s windy.

hiking
bridge out
9 months ago

This is a nice easy flat walking trail. However, the trail does not connect all the way through. I walked all the way around to the very end, only to have turn around and go all the way back. Important to note you cannot connect all the way around, as this is 16miles total there and back.

hiking
Sun Nov 04 2018

This is a very easy and flat hiking trail. The trail that is closest to the water is paved. The trail that is on the outer edge of the water in not paved. You can walk or bike. There is a settlement halfway into the trail, and a couple of motorcycle riders were on the trail as well. I found a decent amount of fisherman on a Saturday morning. As some other reviewers have mentioned, there are no restrooms on this trail, except a portable toilet at the beginning of the trail. There is absolutely no shade in this trail. Another thing to keep in mind is that to walk all around the lake, you will have to cut through US Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Lab, I am not sure if that is possible, since that is the only way you can do a "full circle" based on a map view. I hiked four miles into the trail and turned around for a total of eight miles.

hiking
Tue Jul 24 2018

Three stars only because of the section of Old River behind the Forebay. A lot of life back there. I didn't go past the end of the slough. The rest was a bit trashy and not much to see. No return trip here...

Tue Feb 13 2018

Beautiful views of Mt Diablo and Brushy Peak. Please clean up your trash.

Sun Dec 10 2017

They have easy trails to hike.But no restroom facilities out on the trails.I would recommend not to drink a lot of coffee or water if you go there.Especially, if you are female.A little different for we guys. Today was our first outing there and will probably go back tomorrow.If you like to be near water, it's not a bad place for that.There aren't many trees or hills as far as scenery .

bird watching
Sat Nov 25 2017

good for bird watching and fishing. nice trail for riding bikes. lots of fishing. needs a volunteer clean up day. dogs ok for this trail.

road biking
no shade
Fri Apr 16 2010

Not muck to say, except its a rocky paved path. Nothing really to see out there. We use to Bike to the dam to go fishing for big striped bass now we kinda just go fishing at the entrance lol. Anyways, not really worth the trip if honestly unless youre just trying to get some exercise in or go fishing.

road biking
2 months ago

recorded Clifton Court Forebay Trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

road biking
Wed Nov 22 2017