Sly Park Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 130 reviews
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Sly Park Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Summer boating, fall colors, winter snowshoeing, and spring waterfalls make this El Dorado park enjoyable year round The trails around Jenkinson Lake can be visited on horseback, mountain bike and foot. This guide, however, is going to focus on hiking. The full route, if you go all the way around, is just over 8 miles. With the continuous ups and downs it can feel like a lot further though. The total elevation change is insignificant but the small "whoopdedoos" can amount to hundreds and even thousands of feet perceived elevation change. Good physical endurance is a must if you're going to make it all the way. Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park has outdoor activities all times of the year. Snowshoes, cross-country skiing, boating and swimming are enjoyed by many. It's a huge park with more features than most people can visit in one day. There are events in the park that include everything from community mixers to the yearly "Run on the Sly". This park has been voted "Best Recreation Facility by the Mountain Democrat newspaper year after year.

Amazing hike… There were a few obstructions in the path because they're cutting some trees and doing some burn areas… But otherwise it was absolutely picturesque. Most of the path is it least two people wide, and most of it is a great mostly flat walking area… There are a few ups and down climbs towards the end

9 days ago

the South side of the lake is great...opposite side has a ton of trees down...and campsites break up the trail...pretty cool overall.

10 days ago

10 days ago

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16 days ago

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21 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike around Jenkinson Lake.

Started outside the park entrance past the second dam, parked on the side of Mormon-Emigrant Trail, Silver Lake Road. This starting point provides access to the trail at the Southmost point of the lake, without actually passing through the entrance gate. This is fine for hiking only, but if you want to put in a boat or kayak, you're better off paying the entrance fee and getting access right at the water's edge.

Looped the lake counterclockwise, stopping at Hazel Creek (waterfall) but it wasn't going. Darn!!

Stopped for lunch at Pinecone campgrounds, where they were doing some work trimming and taking out trees.

Pit toilet restrooms are plentiful along the North and West sides of the lake where all the campgrounds are. The South and East sides are wilder and lack facilities.

They were also doing work along the Scout Hill campsites. The trail here was completely blocked by felled trees and we had to climb over and around them.

The lake is beautiful. Will come back to kayak in the near future. Great hike.

A must do, if you're in the area.

26 days ago

26 days ago

Gorgeous! This trail nearly hugs the entire lake.
We will go back in the very near future!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I hiked the Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail on 19/MAR/2017. It took me about three hours to complete it. The trail was beautiful with the exception of about a 100 foot portion of the hike where the trail disappeared where they are doing construction. I parked on the road about 300 feet after turning onto Mormon Emigrant Trail Road. If you don't park on the street then you will need to pay $5 for parking. There were a decent amount of people out on the trail, but I wouldn't consider it crowded. I passed another hiker about every 10 minutes. There are a lot of campsites in the area, so there is a road that is a perimeter to the lake as well as the trail. For a very short portion it was necessary to walk on the road to continue the trail. Like me, many other people had their dogs with them. If you are not a dog person, then you may want to choose another location to hike as we met about 40-45 other dogs. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was great at about 64 degrees and partly cloudy. There is hardly any elevation change as the trail is bordering the lake. I would consider this hike relatively easy to complete. There were about 5 groups of mountain bikers that passed us during our hike and did not interfere in any way, but the trail is not wide at most points, so we would just step aside while they passed. Overall I thought it was a great hike. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because there was one portion of the trail where they are cutting down a bunch of trees and the trail disappears forcing you to walk over logs, brush, and tree bark which forced me to pick up my dog and carry her through it.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Got dark have way threw but was still completed very nice

3 months ago

Easy hike. About 9 miles all the way around. Beautiful hike

walking
4 months ago

A great walk around the lake.

mountain biking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Went on this hike 3 days ago and it was great. We made it around the whole lake and got to walk on a little bit of snow on the east end. It was beautiful.

walking
4 months ago

I hike this with my pups often. Some mountain bikers that you have to step aside for. Overall good footing, and we saw a river otter last week.

hiking
5 months ago

Went off season mid week and had the trail to ourselves. You have to pay attention to the spurs that may take you off trail but it is easy to find the trail again. Looking forward to this trail as a snowshoe adventure.