Jennie Lake Trail

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Jennie Lake Trail is a 12.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Springville, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3097 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

This is a dirt trail with gravel and rock in places. There is an tricky spot about three miles in - a small pass like area that is used as a rest stop. If you're not careful you may miss that the trail does not pass through this area but to the side of it. Higher up there are some rocky areas that have cairns to mark the trail so keep and eye out.

backpacking
3 months ago

For ‘city folk’, you’ll not find more bang for your buck. Great views, decent distance, pristine lake and views. I’ve not been back in a few years, but hope to get back again someday.

hiking
4 months ago

Jennie Lakes is a great day hike!! Easy hike and great views. We went in the spring, did a polar bear plunge (BRR)!

backpacking
6 months ago

We started from the big meadow parking lot (adds a little more then a mile to your hike- try to find the fox meadow trailhead, spits you out near the trailhead for Jennie lakes) and backpacked in to Jennie lake. The hike there was mainly uphill and took us 4 hours. We reached the lake at 330pm to find three groups already setting up camp, which worried us but luckily there were plenty of camp spots dispersed around the lake we could camp at. The lake was gorgeous and there were tons of trout that we saw! As it got later we made a fire and cooked dinner. It was a perfect one nighter. We left at 830am on Sunday and got back to the parking lot at 1030. The hike back down was extremely easy since it was mostly downhill. Great hike and next time we will do the hole loop!

backpacking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike. We slept Friday night at Big Meadows campground and then left for the trailhead in the morning. The hike only took about 3 hours, and Poop Out Pass was not as difficult (in my opinion) as some described. The lake was gorgeous but there were at least six other camps while we were up there. The fishing it great! Caught rainbow trout using Power Bait.

8 months ago

How do you get to the fox meadow parking lot?

hiking
8 months ago

Great day hike. Good trail variety from strolls through the trees to scrambling over granite out-cropings. The Jennie Lake didn't disapoint. Clear, cold and spectacular granite back drop.

backpacking
9 months ago

Did a quick overnight at Jennie Lake 13 July. all trails well marked, no snow to speak of. Lake was clear, and mosquito free. Decent crowd for a Thursday. Ran out of time to do the loop via JO pass, but ranger posted info said there was still big snow and fast water up that way.

Would recommend Jennie Lake for overnight backpack, great workout, especially going up Poop Out Pass.

9 months ago

Did this with my 8 year old on his first multi night backpacking trip. He carried his own pack weighs down at about 10lbs. This was the first time To Jennie lake for both of us. Started out of fox meadow. Trail was great until top of poop out pass then lost trail with snow. Thank goodness for GPS locator on All-Trails app. Kept us in the ball park of the trail as we climbed over snow banks. With all the snow this year the lake was still mostly iced over and any little stream was now a river but we were able to find a nice camp site away from the lake (all lake sites were under snow still) and was only 3min walk to lake where we caught two small rainbows. Had the whole place to ourselves!!!! It was an amazing trip.

hiking
10 months ago

I may be a little biased because I patrol this area, but this hike is beautiful, can be challenging, and is sure to give some amazing views. Right now there is tons of snow and the creeks are nearly raging rivers. However, this trail (versus the whole loop) is the best access point to Jennie Lake!

11 months ago

I've hiked to Jennie lake but entering at lodgepole on the Twin Lakes trail...its a tough trail approximately 8 miles...if you feel you won't make it over the J.O. Pass you can camp at Clover Creek about 6 miles in and tackle the pass to Jennie lake the next day...I made it in one day before but was exhausted...this lake is beautiful and I only rate it a 4 because I love solitude and this lake is usually pretty busy in the summer...

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Great hike....There is a lot of foot traffic though. I would recommend for trail runners. Very clean lake with beautiful views.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hiked thus trail probably ten times, and run the entire loop once. A beautiful Lake, great location.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

I enjoyed a 3 day trip out here. There are some slippery spots but it is definitely worth the steep inclines. Not as many people as I'm use to seeing on other hikes, which was a nice change.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Beautiful but not "easy." Be weary of slippery spots and steep inclines.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

If your up for a challenge, Jennie lake is the trail for you. We started from Stoney creek and its 2.5 miles of steady stright up hill, after that it gets a little easy for a little less than a mile of stright trail. Then it's another 2 likes of rocky up hill terrain. Last mile is all down hill with amazing views of granite rock all around. Lake was beautiful & sparking clean.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's a steady uphill hike. Take your time hiking up if you're not in the best of shape. There are some great views throughout the hike.

backpacking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Son and I decided to go on a simple overnight hike to break in the summer. Chose Jennie Lake out of convenience since it’s about a 45 minute drive to Big Meadows from my house. Despite the option for the shorter Fox Meadow trailhead hike I opted for Big Meadows which apparently adds about 1.5 miles. We started off strong moving at a pretty good pace and although slowed up a bit towards the last part of the climb we reached the top of Poop out Pass with relatively no issues. Working our way down towards Jennie, locating the trail became somewhat tricky with the winter snows melting away into running streams that at times flowed down parts of the trail and at others obscured different parts. This definitely slowed us up, and despite our focus to stay on the trail we found ourselves doubling back a couple times. Once we grew closer to the lake snow cover became a new challenge covering large parts of the trail. The hike ended up taking us a little longer than expected but with minimal hiking experience we accomplished what we set out to do and we were well rewarded with the beauty of Jennie Lake.

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Awesome trail. Only a couple of moderate climbs on the way in including one called Poop Out Pass which is only about 1/4 mile long. I was pretty worn out once we got to the lake but was pleasantly surprised by the ease of the hike back out (mostly flat and/or slightly down hill).
Beautiful scenery and mostly shaded trail during the day. This was our first big day hike of the season and we felt that it pushed us in a good way, but not too much.

fishing
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

3rd time to Jennie lake. Fishing usually works out, & this time was no disappointment.
Save yourself 1.5 miles each way by leaving from Fox Meadow opposed to the Big Meadow Trailhead. The logging road is a little rough for cars but doable, easy for a truck or SUV.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beautiful views. Good spots to camp at Jennie lake

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Not for the faint of heart. Beatifulf country, though crowded lake in peak seadon.

hiking
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Absolutely beautiful with breath-taking views. Very strenuous for the not-so-avid hiker. After Poopout Pass we nicknamed it "Jennie Craig Lake". The water was clear, the view spectacular, and totally worth the blisters on my feet!

hiking
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This is a beautiful spot in the Sequoias it is a simple hike to reach the lake. The hardest part is poop out pass it is tiring but not to difficult. This is a well known lake so on the weekends it sees a lot of traffic but the week days are not as crowded. This is a great spot for a quick get away or a gear shakedown. Worth checking out but you wont be alone.

hiking
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I took this way to Jennie lake with some rookie hikers and when we got to Poopout pass that's exactly what they were. We never went down to Jennie lake. Next time I'm starting at Big Meadow.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Be prepared for a long hike that is mostly up hill, the way back is cake compared to the way there. If you are an adventurer like myself and like to take long sprints off trail I suggest bringing 2-way radios (mine saved my life lol). A buddy and I probably veered off course about 5 miles and had no clue where we were at. Luckily we had 2-way radios, ABC watches, and plenty of water! Eventually we found our way with the ranges of the walkies fading in/out, altitude, compass, and yelling for the rest of our group and getting yells in response (which only works once you have closed the distance lol). Back to the hike, it was amazing and kept me satisfied the entire time, a lot good photos out of it as well.

hiking
Monday, March 18, 2013

Great summer trip for all active people. Leaving from Big Meadows Trail Head, the trail never gets terribly steep. Nice gradual up hill for the duration with some open vistas along the way. The lake is Beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, September 30, 2012

We felt that this hike was difficult because it was mostly an increase in elevation. We started at Stoney Creek campgrounds and we only got to the Poop out pass. I had four beginners with me and they were really pooped out. We just rested at Poop Out Pass and then returned. We never made it to the lake. I'll have to start from Fox Meadow next time

hiking
Sunday, September 30, 2012

We felt that this hike was difficult because it was mostly an increase in elevation. We started at Stoney Creek campgrounds and we only got to the Pooped out pass. I had four beginners with me and they were really pooped out. We never made it to the lake. I'll have to start from Fox Meadow next time.

hiking
Sunday, July 29, 2012

The trail is rated as easy but far from it! The hiking book I have rated it as a 3 out of 10 on difficulty. If that was a 3, I would hate to find out what a 10 is. 6 miles felt more like 9-10. On the bright side, the scenery was nice with some great views. The lake was beautiful but crowded. If your up for a challenge, this is a good one. It will test your stamina on the uphill and your feet on downhill.

12 days ago

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