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South Lake Trail via Old Skaggs Road is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Geyserville, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 980 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Great place to backpack right on the water. Moderate hike good for older kids. Note stream crossing about 3/4 miles in. Tables and fire rings at campsites. Bass fishing is productive off the banks. Best to go in fall and early spring to avoid the heat and summer boat-in overnighters.

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Brandi W
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Hiking

We went on a hot day in the middle of June and in the early afternoon- probably not the best time. Go earlier in the day and you’ll be fine. It was bearable due to the shade from the trees every so often. There was no one on the trail, the camp sites were empty and not too many boats on the lake so we had the little beach to ourselves. I will say that somewhere between halfway and 3/4 of the way up to the lake, I debated turning around but saw the lake off to the left and that was motivation enough to keep going. The stream you have to cross early on was low this time of year but got swarmed by mosquitos in that area. There was some sort of bone and lots of animal scat so just be cautious. It is a moderate hike but the weather can make it harsh & watch out for rattlesnakes.

Haley Manwarring
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Hiking

We hiked this trail late April and the weather was perfect. The forest floor was still lush and green and the wildflowers were bountiful. There is a small river crossing about 30 minutes into the hike so we took our shoes and socks off and waded for awhile. On the way back the cool water and rocks felt good on our sore feet. At the end of the trail you will run into Sonoma Lake and Buck Pasture, where there is 3 camp sites set up nicely with outdoor restrooms and picnic tables. Perfect for hike-in camping. I love this trail. So beautiful and the perfect amount of elevation gain for my skill level.

Olivia Fabrizio
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Backpacking

I was stunned to have the whole place to myself during a week were every hike-in site along the point Reyes seashore was booked up. Here in the pristine live oaks nothing but empty sites as far as the eye can see. I will mention that because of the spring rains the first creek crossing was running a bit high (knee level, I’m 5’5”)

Scott Feuer
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Backpacking

Great place to backpack right on the water. Moderate hike with older kids. Note stream crossing about 3/4 miles in. Tables and fire rings at campsites. Bass fishing is productive off the banks. Best to go in fall and early spring to avoid the heat and summer boat-in overnighters.

Ali Mansour
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Hiking
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Kurt P
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Emily Sims
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Anthony A.
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Scott Feuer
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Backpacking
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Scott Feuer
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Kurt P
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Rebecca Reuben
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Jim Heinz
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Lu Ann Adler
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Chris Cerda
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