Ponderosa Nature Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Ponderosa Nature Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Seven Oaks, California that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.5 miles
170 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



The Whispering Pines Trail and Ponderosa Nature Trails are directly across the road from another. These two short loop hikes combine for just over one mile of pleasant strolling. Distance wise, the two trails are rather similar. However, the Ponderosa Nature Trail includes many more long distant views of the canyon below. Given the day of choice to visit, rather dramatic skies often accompany the view. Both trails pass under a forest canopy of black oak and pine, with the much taller trees along the Whispering Pines Trail. The fall season provides the most rewarding time to visit. The changing leaves add quite a bit of color to the two small loops, making for a much more memorable visit than on a hot day in the summer. These are easy loops that can be completed by visitors of all ages.

2 months ago

Nice trail with easy access, some moderate climbs, and interpretative signs. 2 loops available: .3 or .6 miles. Park in the turnout/parking lot at mile 25.51 just west of Jenks Lake Rd. Combine with Whispering Pines Trail across the street and Jenks Lake Trail for a pleasant day.

3 months ago

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