Point Defiance Trail

EASY 70 reviews

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.

2.5 miles
505 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



Beautiful Loop Trail with views of both the surrounding mountains and a River/Lake on the back side of the hill.

13 days ago

A beautiful trail, if you go Left to start it’s an easy grade, but if you go right there’s a pretty aggressive climb bordering on moderate difficulty

22 days ago

nice trail veiws were good the trail by the lake reminded me think of hobbits every rock and tree covered in moss

1 month ago

Beautiful quick morning walk today. Agree with the other folks that starting L along the river is the best way to go. It's.nore like easy+. Hills and rocks.

5 months ago

Great little hike. Beautiful views of Lake Engelbright and the canyon. There is a nice sandy beach at Defiance Point.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Not a lot of scenery at the start of the trail however it is very nice as you approach the river and lake may be difficult for dogs since it is rockyin parts

7 months ago

Easy and very beautiful trail. It is a pity that there is not enough funding to restore the covered bridge.

8 months ago

Nice loop. Walk along river 1st then up along road ro meet lovely trail through oak & Pine open forest back to road.

10 months ago

Great trail but I wouldn't consider easy! Gorgeous views of Engelbright. Would do it again!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Easy hike. Good for kids. No grand "view" but water was beautiful

Sunday, January 01, 2017

I didn't really care for this trail. Views were ok. To many obstacles to climb over.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Love the hike and the views.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Really nothing special. The beginning was probably the best part.

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