Lake Ella

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Lake Ella is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Beach, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles
816 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips






The trail starts fairly level with a one mile walk on a paved road across Martis Dam. After the dam, trail is dirt, winding along the side of Martis Lake, cross a small stream then a sharp left turn up the hill. This is the entrance to the preserve. Suggest following Matt's Trail up the moderately steep hill, turn left at Sawmill Road, then a short easy walk to Lake Ella. Last year it was almost empty but this year it is very full. Relax at the picnic table a little while and listen to the waterfowl. For the trip back down, pass Matt's Trail and continue on to Erika's Trail which is a moderate, rapidly changing landscape experience leading to a volcanic rock viewpoint. The trail continues back down the hill and meets up with Matt's trail again. Turn left and backtrack your way down the hill and across the dam.