Lewis S Eaton Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fresno, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.7 miElevation gain239 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A six mile paved trail from near Highway 41 in Fresno to the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust River Center on Old Friant Road near Friant, California.The Lewis S. Eaton The Lewis S. Eaton Trail is the mainstem trail of the San Joaquin River Parkway, and will eventually run from Friant Dam to Highway 99. Currently, six (6) miles of the trail are complete and provide a beautiful overlook of the river bottom. Facilities: Drinking fountains are located at the River Overlook inside Woodward Park, and two miles north on the trail. Vault Restrooms are located at Woodward Park, and on the trail between Rice Road and Old Friant Road. Flush restrooms are located at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies.

$5 park entry fee per vehicle.

San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust, Inc. 11605 Old Friant Road Fresno, CA 93730 Phone: 559-248-8480 FAX: 559-248-8474

Access to the trail is provided in several ways: Vehicles (including horse trailers): Trailhead parking is provided within Woodward Park for a day use fee. Parking is also available free of charge at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies on Old Friant Road. A Trailhead with free parking is available at the southeast corner of the intersection of Friant Road and Copper Avenue. Bikes: Access points along Friant Road are at the intersections of Audubon, Fort Washington, Champlain and Copper. Bus: Route #30 (equipped with bike racks) stops at the trailhead at Friant Road and Audubon.

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Big Chile
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Hiking

Wanted to experience and check off another trail. Good times with my wife. 

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Garrett Daniel
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Mountain biking

Fun trail, neat area with bridges, cool views, little gazebos with benches, etc., everyone should do it at least once. Not much of a mountain biking trail though, as its all paved.

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Saige Shafer
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this trail. 1. Has some good hills to get the workout in. 2.Heavy trafficked but social distanced. 3.The view is descent for being in the city.

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Enrique Chavez
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Stéphanïe Lynch
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Hiking

This trail is paved and smooth, which makes it easy for walking and running. It can be very crowded at times, which is unfortunate if you're looking for a nice quiet walk. However, it is well-maintained, easy to use, and provides some nice views of the river bottom area.

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Silviano Gonzalez Jr
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Road bikingGreat!

The San Joaquin River Trust/Conservative had the gates closed so I wasn't able to show my friends that part of the trail. It was not as busy as usual and there are less people the further north you travel.

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Sonia Lachapelle
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Running

Beautiful gorgeous weather out Warmer than season’s normal Lots of people on bike path - not many masked up... Beautiful area of Fresno Always happy to see flowers in winter! Not like !

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Edan Keven
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Via ferrata
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Jeff Scott
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Jeff Scott
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Jeff Scott
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Jeff Scott
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Jeff Scott
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Jeff Scott
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Jeff Scott
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Gabi Brittsan
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Hiking

Great paved trail.

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Pablo Ramirez
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2jop8 User
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Alisha Creason
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Hiking

Nice flat surface. Very little shade. Bring lots of water and a hat. Visors work great for me. Provide shade but still allows my head to breath.

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Jerry Tapia
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Hiking

Very nice hike in the morning

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Dulce Vargas
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Hiking

Nice for a morning walk! Definitely would start at 7am or earlier if possible.

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Mari Ramos
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Went on the trail with a beach cruiser. Good ride but recommend coming earlier due to heavy populated trail and have to go around families and walkers. Good views.

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Terri Thacker
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Road biking

I am a senior citizen with mobility issues. I am not able to jog, walk, or peddle a bike for any length of time. Recently, I purchased a peddle assist electric bike, for more freedom in mobility to enjoy outdoor activities. Last Monday I toured the Lewis S. Eaton Trail on the bike to the end, and rode Friant Rd. up to Lost Lake. It was exhilarating to be able to do this on my own power. Upon returning to Fresno, I got back on the Lewis Eaton Trail to ride home, as I live in the general area. I was tired but felt satisfied that I was able to have this mobility in the ebike. A young male, clearly avid, bike rider was approaching from the opposite lane, and as he passed he barked, "Get that thing off the trail". My heart sank a little, and I wondered if I had been in a wheelchair, would he have had the same reaction. I am kind, considerate, and careful on the trail with the bike, and I plan to continue my adventures with my new found mobility.

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Lexi W Mason
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Lexi W Mason
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Laura Novak Winer
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Hiking

A favorite long walk easily accessible. Can walk or cycle. Very popular with us locals.

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Miguel Jara
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Hiking

Easy paved trail.

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Armando Montero
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Hiking

Great trail, so much to see and close to town... definitely recommend!

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Haili Berry
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Hiking

Great walking trail close to home.

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Daniel THE DEEZ Soto
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nice path, gr8 to just get out and walk

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