Jenks Lake Trail

EASY 22 reviews

Jenks Lake Trail is a 0.4 mile out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

lake

wild flowers

Directions from Bear Valley/Woodlands, CA: Travel west on Highway 38 to Barton Flats Visitor Information Center on the west side of the highway. The trail begins on the Rio Monte Trail.

16 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

1 month ago

This is a nice, easy hike. There seem to be a few ways to access the lake; I liked the way mine turned out:

Start from Barton Flats Visitors Center on the 38, or if it’s closed for the season as it was for me mid-Oct, just find the trail head about 1/8 mile east of it. The trail head is directly across the road from the YMCA campground. There’s a turnout where you can park, about 100 yards west of the trail head.

This is an uphill hike the whole way to the lake, but it’s a gentle slope with lots of shade. A creek crosses the trail early on. All turnoffs are well marked along the way.

When you get to the lake (very small— a pond??) there are bathrooms, picnic areas with tables and BBQs, and canoes for rent. I’m here in October and there wasn’t a human in sight from start to finish, but these signs suggest it’s a busy place in summer.

You can walk around the perimeter of the lake as I did, and also wander off other directions. At one end there are stairs up to a parking lot with a kiosk (also deserted) so I guess this is how many access the lake.

Enjoy!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Nice quick hike, we parked in the Barton flats information center and hiked up.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beautiful, easy hike with the kids! Loved the scenery here.

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

fishing
Saturday, May 07, 2016

It's a great little lake. Can get a bit crowded. The earlier you get there the better chance of getting a good spot for fishing. The summer camps can get a bit annoying with loud kids canoeing in the lake. It's not a big lake.... So keep that in mind.

hiking
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

walking
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Small and easy but very scenic. There is a $5 charge for parking, plenty of picnic and fishing areas. I wouldn't call the walk a hike, but I really did enjoy it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

hiking
Friday, November 21, 2014

I love this hike. It's short, but it's a nice alpine lake that reminds me of my days in Montana. Great running trail also.

fishing
Sunday, June 22, 2014

hiking
Monday, September 09, 2013

This is a great and short little hike. We went up after a thunderstorm and one of us was able to do the whole thing in flip flops! At the lake, there were tons of families with dogs and fishing gear and picnics just hanging out. It was a less strenuous than I usually do but it is great for big groups or if you are hiking with less experienced hikers. On the way up there aren't that many views, just a hike up through the trees, but the lake is beautiful and you can fish or rent kayaks when you get there!

walking
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Was nice to relax around the lake. Mostly just a walk around the lake.