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Paradise Lake is a 6.6 mile out and back trail located near Magalia, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

lake

no dogs

2 months ago

decent hike, really easy flat trail along the lakes edge. it's not a loop trail which is always a little disappointing more me. idk where the 6 mile distance came from on here though. there are markers ever quarter mile and the trail ended at 4 3/4. knocked off 2 stars just cause there are quite a few houses and cabins along the trail and prefer my bikes more secluded to create a true escape. don't regret going though.

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fee
2 months ago

Great easy trail hike! Very peaceful

hiking
4 months ago

Some really pretty fall colors and the lake was so pristine.. area is untouched very lovely walk and run using exercise for my pain management. I love the geese also. I've been there before easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Well maintained. Saw several deer, birds, lizards, and fish. Blackberry bushes along lakeside. You would never know that you were next to the Camp Fire burn scar. A true diamond in the rough around the Paradise/Magalia area!

hiking
7 months ago

This is the nicest weekend walk if you want something relaxing or if you are with an inexperienced hikers. There are really nice fishing, picnic, and sitting areas that have the Paradise home feel.

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8 months ago

Great for kids and families. Super super easy trail goes around Paradise Lake. Great for fishing. Get a little dingy and your in business

11 months ago

Very simple Trail. Flat with a great amount of Shade. Simple but enjoyable hike. Bright spot in an area that has recently been through a great deal of Tragedy.

mountain biking
Wed Jun 13 2018

A very pleasant, easy ride. Bring a fishing pole and enjoy the trout and bass fishing. Lots of places to stop for a picnic.

Mon Jan 01 2018

I'd give this a 5 for its beauty, but I wish well-behaved dogs could join. $3 parking fee. Very pleasant. Bathrooms along path.

Mon Dec 25 2017

Easy beautiful hike around the lake.

Sun Sep 10 2017

Perfect for all ages. Trail rims the lake and is great for even a warm day. Shaded with lake breeze.

hiking
Mon Aug 28 2017

This is a great easy trail to be done with the family. We also saw a lot of runners running the trail and people fishing or kayaking in the lake. The hike is actually a little over 9 miles if you want to reach the end. It's not a loop and you do have to turn back. There were also some bikers. It appears that this trail is used in many ways. Lots of shade along with some sunny patches so do bring a hat and sunscreen. Also it does cost to park in the picnic area, $3. :) happy trails!!

Mon Apr 10 2017

my wife and i love this place! went today for a picnic. on our way out we ran into a HUGE bear! absolutely amazing!

Thu Oct 06 2016

Great venue for an easy ride, but the total length is actually 9.5 miles r.t.

Mon Sep 12 2016

Beautiful lake. Beautiful trail. Very well maintained. Easy hike for all ages. A must do.

Thu Aug 11 2016

Nicely maintained lakeside trail. Beautiful vista's and peaceful. Porta potties along the trail for my old bladder.

Sun Jul 31 2016

Today, i first came here for a hike, and am impressed by the peace and tranquility of the Lake. The trails are well maintained. i love the town. Definitely, i will come back.

walking
Mon Dec 28 2015

Good, easy trail for family with jogging stroller.

mountain biking
Sat Apr 25 2015

This is a fairly flat trail that goes about two-thirds of the way around the lake - it would really be nice if it was ever turned into a trail that went all of the way around the lake. The path is wide and fairly flat with just a few very small ups and downs and it is mostly packed dirt with some areas that are loosely packed road-base gravel. The view is great wherever you stop and it's always a nice local trail to get some "fresh air" on! BTW - Dogs are not allowed anywhere around the lake - it's a municipal water supply. Kayaks and non-gasoline boats are allowed on the lake and it has been a popular fishing lake for as long as I can remember...

Fri May 23 2014

This is a beautiful trail for walking or biking! $3 to park in the lot, and there is a nice campground with park area and lots of benches. We biked the whole trail today (about 4.5 miles out and back) and saw many lizards and three deer. One stuck around right by the trail as we passed and just stared. I wish swimming was allowed in the lake, as there are a few nice looking areas, but the signs say it's not allowed. =( we really enjoyed the views and the trail though, at least until I got a flat tire about a mile and a half away from the car. LOL.

nature trips
Sat Nov 09 2013

Fun and well maintained trail. We used to live up the road in Magalia and spent quite a bit of time at the lake. Fun kids fishing - never caught anything keepable. Have heard about bear sightings but never saw anything larger than lizards and snakes. Great walk for the kids.

hiking
Sat Mar 19 2011

Nice, low impact hiking and mountain biking trail. This does not loop the entire lake though. Only skirts the south, east, some of the n/e corner and it's a u-turn back the way you went in. Still worth a weekend walk.

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