Point Defiance Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bridgeport, 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 but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful Loop Trail with views of both the surrounding mountains and a River/Lake on the back side of the hill.
Easy hike. Good for kids. No grand "view" but water was beautiful
I didn't really care for this trail. Views were ok. To many obstacles to climb over.
Cool trail, great views. There are many obstacles along the trail but in my opinion, that's part of what makes it fun.
There is a campground at the end of the trail with restrooms and fresh water.
Love the hike and the views.
A great hike for a fall day - especially with dogs - they had a blast in the river. It was easy and not very long but plenty to see. There are two very different landscapes making the first half of the hike different from the second.
Go left. You want to start this trailhead on the left. That way you're approaching the big switchback hill face as a descent, not a climb. And the back hill ascent is a fairly gentle rise.
If you go right you're gonna have a bad time.
Never been to this trail. Took my best friend on her very first hike here. I have to say it is absolutely a great trail for beginners. Absolutely love the fact that there wasn't careless people throwing trash on the trail!!
I'd do this one again.
A fun hike with three sections. First, some steep switchbacks up a hill. Second a firebreak road down to the lake shore. Third, a narrow mostly shaded trail through rocks, trees and flowers. Takes about an hour but worth bringing a picnic to enjoy at the edge of the lake.
Decent lil hike. Hot during the summer. Water at the campground is ice cold. Go a little further down and the trail and the water is perfect. Decent up and downs, some parts of the trail are a lil rough and worn but other than that nice lil hike. Easy to make a day trip out of it.
We are a senior citizens group (Alta Hikers) and like to take the Point Defiance Loop (see our map) first and then do the Buttermilk Trail after lunch at a leisurely pace to enjoy the flowers. Have to time it right - a phone call to the ranger station can help you decide when to go in early spring. Enjoy!!!
Really nothing special. The beginning was probably the best part.
Beautiful hike with many wildflowers and butterflies. Great scenery which includes the river and a lake. Rocky narrow trail to start and wide open lush meadows with a downhill descent bring you back. We started hiking along the river and it was mostly in the sun. Second half included more trees and shade.