Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail

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Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail is a 3.4 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.

3.4 miles
580 feet

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly





nature trips

paddle sports

trail running






The Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail is a 3.5 mile trail that circles Sugar Pine Reservoir and can be accessed from Sugar Pine Dam, Sugar Pine Boat Ramp parking area, or Manzanita Day Use Area. The trail is open for hiking and mountain biking. No motorized or equestrian use is permitted. he Memorial trail follows the shore around Sugar Pine Reservoir. If you begin in the picnic area, the first mile of the trail, to the Shirttail Creek Bridge, is suitable for wheelchairs. This part of the trail also has an interpretive brochure available in the box during the summer months or at the Ranger Station. Once you cross Shirttail Creek, the trail easily winds its way along the shore with plenty of good spots for fishing, swimming, or just taking a break. You will cross one more bridge, over Forbes Creek, and then pass the boat ramp and travel approximately one mile to the dam. The trail continues along the shore and will bring you back to the picnic area. 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.

2 months ago

Really cool area. Very scenic and easy to do. The whole trail loop is paved and is short. Other unpaved trails branch off from this trail that lead to more isolated areas. The reservoir has regular camping sites as well as car camping sites. Easy to fish out of and there are plenty of sites to choose from or go more off trail and find your own spot. Great for dogs.

4 months ago

Great trail but there is a landslide near the dam side if the lake.

6 months ago

Lovely walk along a mostly paved path. Had a hard time finding the start of the trail, but we followed some folks who looked like they were making their own path, from the top of the parking lot. Then we realized the trail starts down by the boat launch (so we got an extra mile in with all our backtracking

8 months ago

Beautiful trail around Sugar Pine Reservoir. The trail winds around the lake, in and out of mature forest with plenty of shade and lake views. About 1/2 of loop is paved. This trail is frequented by families and bikers which when busy can be an uncomfortable mix; however, the paved sections of the trail are generously wide. The unpaved section is supposed to be off-limits to bikers, but we saw a few anyways. The trail site says that as of May 2017 part of the trail is washed out, but there is really only a couple large downed trees that you can scramble over or an unofficial detour trail that is a short hike up a hill and back down to the trail. Otherwise, the trail is completely accessible. Great picnic areas! The drive in along I80 to Foresthill Rd is MUCH easier than driving in from I80 to Iowa Hill Rd. The Iowa Hill route has many one lane switchbacks for several miles, but does have an incredible view when you cross over the North Fork of the American River.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016