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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

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.

nature trips
9 days ago

Didn’t really come for the hiking, but did about a 1/4 of the loop N. from boat ramp. Seemed well marked and paved. Perfect for my toddlers. Mostly drove up for swimming and a picnic at the lake. A bit of a drive, but worth it to us. Def will be back. Awesome watering hole to keep the kids cool on the hot summer days

hiking
17 days ago

This trail was awesome. with frequent breaks to rest and take photos. It took us 2.5 hours to complete. Keep in mind we had my 5 year old with us so we constantly took breaks. My advice for folks who are picnicking in the area is to dress in swim clothes, bring a life jacket, and once you get half way through the trail just hop back in the water and swim back to your picnic location.

17 days ago

This trail is awesome and the fallen tree is very easy to navigate. It was not a problem at all for us. It is so gorgeous and the perfect hike for a hot day!! Last year we had to scramble over the fallen tree but the trail has been completely improved! All the way around the lake is about 10,000 steps!!!

fishing
2 months ago

DONT TAKE IOWA HILL RD FROM COLFAX TO GET THERE!!!
Great loop, but the back side of the trail from the dam to the day use area has alot of fallen trees and debris on alot of the trail. about 1/4 mile in from the dam a huge fallen tree has taken out almost all of the trail. After that though pretty smooth sailing. Park at the boat launch and take trail to the right all paved for about a mile and a half good out and back if you dont want to do the whole loop.
Over all great trail, would recommend and do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely take I80 to the Foresthill exit- longer ride but much more relaxing. We walked the entire lake and it’s almost 5 miles (not the 3.5 that we were expecting). The trail starts at the bottom on the boat ramp. The unpaved trail still needs a lot of tree removal and trail repair. Stay on the paved trail and go in/out unless you want adventure! Very beautiful and quiet.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Very peaceful. They are currently doing some tree cutting, so part of the trail is blocked off. Trail goes around the entire lake.

5 months ago

Peaceful trail, beautiful. It is not always accessible if has snowed. Easy for kids & beginners.

The only reason this hike/walk didn’t get 5 stars was due to the drive required to get here. Long, lots of sharp turns and bends, hard on the car, only room for one car at times. But the lake is wonderful, path fantastic! Clearly marked, well maintained. Just a great way to spend a day off!

backpacking
8 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

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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8 months ago

recorded Sugar Pine Reservoir Oct 28 05:49 PM

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