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Best trails in Friant

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Looking for a great trail near Friant, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Millerton Lake State Recreation Area or Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Friant ranging from 1 to 8.7 miles and from 606 to 1,584 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Friant
Top trails (9)
#1 - Pincushion Mountain Peak
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
This is the direct route to Pincushion Mountain and one most often traveled by hikers looking to get to the top. The trail forks about halfway through and veers to the right leading to a very challenging climb to the top. You will definitely feel like you earned the views. This is also the route used by the pincushion hill clime race, which happens each year in September.Show more
#2 - San Joaquin River Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 17.3 mi • Est. 8 h 53 m
#3 - Blue Oak Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
The easy South Shore trail is the best hike. The scenic portion starts at South Bay Picnic Area and is 2 mile 1-way. Almost at the exact geographic middle of California, Millerton Lake State Recreational Area is 20 miles northeast of Fresno. Many people stop by the park on their way to the famous Yosemite National Park. The lake's cool blue water offers a pleasant escape from the summer heat of the central valley. The park is dominated by the massive lake and popular among water sport enthusiasts and boaters. There are some hiking opportunities and the best hike is the flat and accessible South Shore trail. Also called Winchell Ridge Trail,the easy and smooth hike offers unobstructed, spectacular view of the lake. The multi-use trail is very family friendly for both hiking & biking. It starts at the Blue Oak Picnic Area, follows the contours of Winchell Bay and ends at the Marina at Winchell Bay. The first two miles run parallel to the road and therefore not very interesting, hence most people start at the South Bay Picnic Area. From South Bay Picnic Area to the Marina is about 2 mile one way and 4 mile round trip. Almost the entire trail hugs the shoreline, visitors have good opportunities catching a glimpse of the bald eagle soaring over the blue lake as well as other water fowls. The trail is constructed on rolling hill with grassland, chaparral and oak woodland environments. The hills are green in the spring and fall from rain and brown in the dry hot summer.Show more
#4 - Buzzard's Roost Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 42 m
#5 - Pincushion Mountain Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
#6 - Lost Lake Nature Trail
Lost Lake Recreation Area
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
#7 - Pincushion Mountain Loop
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
#8 - Bifröst Trail
Friant, California
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 15 m
#9 - Pincushion Peak to Pa'san Ridge
Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
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Length: 36.7 mi • Est. Multi-day