Sly Park Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 195 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.

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1 day ago

I feel like I am pretty picky when it comes to trails, but I really enjoyed this one. I am even willing to go back and would like to go ahead and do the stroll around the lake.
I brought my out of shape dog and my friend who isn't used to hiking. We started at the Bumpy Meadows Trailhead (vaulted toilets and $5). The realistic goal for my dog and friend was to get to the waterfall and go back (6 miles).
We got a late start, so I started off pretty peeved. Then, just a short jaunt down to the water and some disrespectful humans left a man made fire ring AND a pack of uneaten burritos, which my dog managed to get a bite out of before I got them away.
Even though we started late, there really wasn't many people. There was shade the majority of the trail. There was a lot of mosquitos, so bring bug spray, I only got bitten 11 times (that is a pretty low count for me).
The water was a beautiful green blue and so deliciously cool. The rocks weren't slippery, so off the shoes went and I was able to get in there and set up my tripod. :)
It was a really peaceful hike. I was happily surprised how many people had their dogs on leashes, most trails require this, but I rarely see people follow it.
Really the only disappointment was all the trash that I saw.

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7 days ago

Great Hike! My friend and I took our kids (7 children-all under 10 years old) and they did great! The trail was easy enough to follow, with minimal hills. We passed a few mountain bikers and horseback riders along the way, all of which were very kind and patient with our little hiking group! The waterfall was beautiful and refreshing and the kids loved exploring the entire area.

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19 days ago

I do this hike and run this trail a lot. I love it. Plenty of shade and not to hard going

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20 days ago

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20 days ago

Nice, easy, mostly shaded hike.

hiking
21 days ago

They say this is moderate and damn is it right. I spent most of the time scrambling uphill and downhill. That's IF you go to the left at the start. 3.6 miles of it. When you see the bridge , go right and you will see a magnificent waterfall that makes it all worth it . Climb to the top for a gorgeous view or go to the bottom and swim the heat away.

Now the return trip. It's low so it's nice. Keep taking the low path. For the love of god keep the low path. Soon you'll get to a camp site and think nothing of it. And keep going. Well, you're going the wrong way. You have to go through the camp site (stock up on water) and jump on the road. The road is the rest of the trail. Remember left on Lakewood drive. And then you'll hit a parking lot. At this moment take the trail in the woods for .1 miles and boom. Home free

My trail stops short because battery is dying. I was out that long.

Five stars

Edit : the road is winding. Take the right path, or take the left path down and the right path up

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Such a beautiful hike. Started bright and early at 7:30am and went clockwise around the lake. It was marked fairly well but there were a few spots that were a bit confusing. If you stay to the trails closest to the lake you are good to go. I did have to create my own path back to my car, which was parked in the few visitor spots by the park entrance, after I went past the boat launch. I'm not sure how I could have gotten up there other than to walk along the highway next time? So I walked up a hill over where they had cut down trees. Other than that it was gorgeous and very few people on the trails. Watch for mountain bikers. I did also get just over 9 miles on my watch.

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22 days ago

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23 days ago

Loved this hike! Hiked the entire lake, loved the view. Liked the back side for the hike better than having to hike through the campsites. Got confused a couple times on which way we were supposed to go. Even though there are signs every where. Live an hour away and would love to do this hike once a week. We had a wonderful time.