Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gold Run, 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.

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The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail is a 4-mile trail encircling Sugar Pine Reservoir that can be accessed from Sugar Pine Dam, Sugar Pine Boat Ramp parking area, or Manzanita Day Use Area. Hiking and mountain biking are allowed but no motorized or equestrian use. There is a $5 parking fee at the boat ramp and the picnic area from May to September. Following along the Lake, once you cross Shirttail Creek, the trail winds between plenty of spots for fishing or swimming. There is one more bridge, over Forbes Creek, before passing the boat ramp and traveling about one mile to the dam. The trail will bring you back to the picnic area. Accessibility: Beginning in the picnic area at the north end of the lake, the first mile of the trail to the Shirttail Creek Bridge along the eastern shore is navigable for wheelchairs/mobility equipment and strollers before the grade begins to steepen and the trail surface changes from paved to a dirt surface with some rocks. This part of the trail also has an interpretive brochure available in the box during the summer months or at the Ranger Station. The paved section is typically at least four feet wide with a mostly gentle estiamted grade of 5% or less.

There are 3 locations you can access to start the loop. The Day Use/ Boat Launch area on the southwest side of the lake, the dam, or at the Manzanita Picnic/Day Use area on the northeast side of the lake. There are picnic tables, barbeques, restrooms, and water available during the summer months. There are no fires or barbeques allowed around the lake, except in the facilities provided at the picnic area and campgrounds.

$5 day use fee

From Interstate 80, take Foresthill exit to Foresthill Road and proceed 15.5 miles to the Foresthill Ranger Station. Continue 10 miles to Sugar Pine Road and turn left. Continue approximately 5 more miles. The trail may be accessed from the boat ramp parking lot, the dam, or Manzanita picnic area. Note: there is a parking fee at the boat ramp and picnic area parking lots, usually from May to September, when the recreation facilities are open. There are also alternate ways to get to this trail head.

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April Stevenson
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Very few people on a Saturday. I love that.

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steve huebner
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I enjoyed it. My kids were bored. Overall it was a beautiful day though.

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Karen Davies
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Easy trail, but the pine needles make it slick. A gentleman broke his ankle today.

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Jonathan Gee
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Nazneen Rydhan-Foster
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HikingGreat!Snow

Very easy and pretty trail. There was still snow on the ground which our dog loved, did the full loop within an hour and a half with plenty of stops to check out some of the streams. One thing to note: if you are traveling from the Sacramento/Bay area to this location, highly recommend taking Foresthill Rd. We decided to take a short cut on the way there through Iowa Hill Rd and it was super steep and we basically called it death road. If you want an adrenaline rush and save yourself 15 minutes then feel free to take Iowa Hill otherwise Foresthill Rd to Sugar Pine Reservoir is much easier and a lot safer to drive.

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Francine Berg
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We started at the boat launch and went counter clockwise. First two miles was paved, second half was a trail and some hill. Was a lovely trail with a few creeks and lots of birds.

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andrew wallace
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Amy Gale
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This was a beautiful hike. I took the dog and my 7 year old. Plenty of benches to stop and have a lunch. The only part that surprised me (apparently I was not thinking clearly) was there was snow on the trail after last nights rain. It was so quiet and beautiful.

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Brita Romans
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Snow covering trail in some areas- no ice, pathway is still clear. Really beautiful even in the winter!

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Geoffrey Panek
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Beautiful hike. Lake way down. MLK day so many people. Gorgeous weather.

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Manny Fresh
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Great trail with nice views. Chilly start going east from the boat ramp, once on the northern side it warmed up from the sun. Perfect for families and four legged friends.

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Austin Lewis
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I've lived in foresthill and have gone around this trail a couple times. Always enjoy a walk around sugar pine lake !

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Cathy Kennedy
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paved road all the way in. Started at the south side of the Dam and went counter clockwise. trail was easy. no gain till at the very end . Also trees blown over trail and lost the trail for about 100 ft. had to scramble up a muddy hill. Barley anybody there on a Sunday. A few Fishman in boats.

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Hannah Arrington
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We weren’t able to get to the trail unfortunately, but i’m sure we would have enjoyed it. The road to the parking lot was INCREDIBLY iced over, highly recommended for four wheel drive vehicles though

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Rob N London
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Henry Dreschler
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Sonia Eliseo
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Nice hike! Easy parking, toilets near parking , good length with a kid, fun swimming at the end. No complaints. Self pay parking, $5. About 50% of trail is paved.

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Shannon Leahy
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Super easy stroll, half paved road half dirt and hills, lots of shade and went swimming after

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Amy McCarthy
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Nice easy trail. Paved 3 out of the 4 miles. It goes through the campground, so was very convenient. Pretty scenery even with low water in the reservoir.

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elizabeth stevenson
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it was a great trail for a light hike and nice view the whole time around the water. Will definitely becoming back and bring my no-hiking friends to this trail.

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Kristen Collins
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This was an awesome hike with stunning views!! We were brave and took our 2 year old and 6 year old and our stroller. A little less then half of the loop was unpaved and was kind of rough plowing through with the stroller. But we made it! The lake was low and was pretty muddy. But it was so nice to cool down in. And hardly anyone there! Next time I we will park by the boat dock and just walk the paved parts. Or camp, there are tons of great camping spots!

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Candice Andresen
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The trail was well kept up. Not too crowded. Pretty level for the most part. Much of the trail was paved. Easy access to the water for a quick dip!

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Bill Gunning
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Nice hike around the lake. Wear a swimsuit to be able to jump in a time or two along the hike. It’s perfect for that. About half, or a little more, is a paved trail with the rest a well maintained dirt path. I think it’s more like 4.5 mikes, though. Also, we got there early - about 9:15am. That was fine for parking and our hike. We got back to the car at about 11:15am and the parking lot was full with many cars looking for a space.

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Melanie Intiso
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Great trail! If I had recommendations I would warn everyone to drive through Forest Hill to get there. My GPS took us to Iowa Hill and that road was crazy. We had to come back another day since we turned around. Secondly the trail is paved through much of the east side which was wonderful. On the west side it is trail, but a little rockier especially once you get closer to the dam. We did the full circle and had to climb down a small rock wall to get back to the dam. If you have kiddos with you I would definitely recommend hiking the east side versus west.

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Mrs Queen
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Great day spent here with my 7 year old daughter. We walked the entire lake around and stopped at various points to swim throughout the day. She had a blast but said she said she wouldn't walk the entire lake again LOL Once we were ready to get back to the car We did walk about an hour and 20 minutes straight which pooped her out. After already walking half the lake and swimming all day. A younger aged child I wouldn't recommend to walk the entire lake around. The entire trail is not paved. There are rocky/dirt points on both sides of the damn and sturdy shoes are needed but the other half is paved for strollers, kick scooters and bikes. Great time & will be back again with my other kids for a family fun day.

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Tenley Borchman
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Very nice trail. Good for kids except a bit rocky around the dam.

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