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Our second trip to Penner lake. The road is still pretty rough getting to the trail head but it's worth it! We had a great trip, although it seems like it's becoming more and more of a party spot. 1998's Eve 6 blasting through a stereo at 1AM seems to be kind of missing the point of the place.

mountain biking
7 days ago

such a fun ride.. mostly shade and cool while everywhere else is 90°

July 29th, 2018 - Arrived early-afternoon and originally planned on aclimating a bit before heading out, but we were too excited so after taking the last parking spot at the trailhead we started out.

This was a gorgeous, well identified trail. The weather was perfect the wind was just strong enough to keep the mosquitoes at bay. That final climb into Penner lake as the sun was setting was TOUGH but not crazy. The trail had been deserted but the lake was almost full of campers. We had to camp set back a bit but it was perfect. It was very windy all night but not too cold.

We actually continued to the Lindsey Lake Trail the next day, I will post that review on that post but caution you that if you have to hike from Lindsey Lakes to the Carr/Feely trailhead - don't! It is 3+ miles uphill on seemingly abandoned forest service roads. It was AWFUL, although, I'd totally do again because the rest of the loop was lovely!

Like others have said, the waterfall was beautiful (seemed to be a water release by PG&E). Nice energetic hike to beautiful spot by Lake Spaulding and i would definitely bring my swimsuit next time. Can't wait to go back. Oh, definitely follow the map as well. A little overgrown near the end and the map is definitely needed.

This trail actually goes much further than the All Trails map indicates. It crosses the road and meets up with a B.O.N.C. trail that goes along the South edge of the lake. We went only as far as the lake edge and turned back. 9.2 miles. while a trail best suited for bike, a nice walk. saw a total of 4 bikers and no hikers. Quiet for a beautiful Saturday.

10 days ago

Loved that you can hear (and mostly see) the rushing water all along this trail! Definitely gets every muscle working. Lots of stairs, flora, and a couple of streams. Didn't realize the end beach was a nudists beach until I read the reviews (after the fact). There were some swimmers there, but didn't notice if they were in their birthday suits. Some families with kids were hiking this trail, so hopefully they didn't encounter any nudists. Will definitely do this hike again. Praise the Lord for such beautiful creation!

Beautiful trail and pretty easy to follow. The trail leading down to the lake is a bit overgrown, so follow the map! It had a few good climbs to make you feel like you were getting some exercise in, but nothing too crazy.

Great hike! The waterfall was beautiful. If you go past first pg&e road block it takes you to the falls. Beautiful views and a great work out.

Awesome trail! It was super pretty and shaded most of the way. The trail was pretty easy to follow, but there were some points where I had to look at the map. Overall a great hike and highly recommend!

Awesome trip and the views are great.

Various terrain but nothing too challenging. At one point it actually looks like the trail is closed but there’s a marked detour. I just followed along with the map and it was pretty accurate. Loved the views and the different scenery

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice trail but hard to find the entrance. You can’t see it from the main road and need to follow a side trail to get to the trail entrance sign. Also, really fast mountain bikers go zooming around turns and it’s hard to see them ahead of time. So this trail would be best for biking and not so much on foot.

Nice hike. Easy. Dog and kid friendly. Covered in poison oak and mosquitoes so bring bug repellent and wear pants. Beautiful and the swimming hole is amazing. Easy hike until the last bit then it’s steep with boulder climbing. We were able to do it with the dog and a 5 yr old in tow. Nude beach, but still nice people are respectful. There is also a cool cave at the bottom that you can crawl through. ( you will get wet) once you get to the crossroads about 2.5 miles in make a left then a right. You will here the water. If you go straight at the crossroads you can probably make your way down, but it was too steep for us to try with a dog in tow.

The trail wasn’t that bad to follow. It was a nice walk. The way back I got winded because it was more of constant uphill but a very nice hike

1 month ago

really nice trail

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was fairly easy. There were some hills that got me winded but nothing too strenuous. The trail itself was a little hard to navigate. There were a lot of forks leading different ways. I would highly recommend downloading the map before you go. It saved me a couple times! I went on a Thursday between 10-2 and I only saw two groups on the trail after me. The lake was beautiful and a perfect place to throw some sticks for my dog. (Lots of driftwood). I brought my fishing pole but didn’t catch anything. I wasn’t sure if there were fish in the lake. Overall a nice hike. ALTHOUGH I would probably avoid going on the weekends. The trails are narrow which could be frustrating if there is a lot of people/dogs.

Couldn’t find the site. Directions took us to a dead end on an isolated road.

Beautiful hike and so many lakes! I would say this is a moderate hike and the trail is dog friendly, which is a plus. We did have some snow on the ground but not enough you needed snow shoes.

trail running
1 month ago

There are a lot of switch backs but the trail is well shaded, maintained and is dog friendly. Not many views of the lake but still a nice run. Only a few mountain bikes, though I started about 9 am. YES there are a lot of switch backs.

Moderate ups and downs. Well marked trail. Lots of pretty vistas with lakes. Our group decided to meet at Carr Lake off of Bowman Lake rd. Trail from there leads to Penner and other lakes.

great easy trail. easy for wife with bad knees. fairly shady on this day will come back and walk again.

nature trips
1 month ago

This has easily became one of my favorite hikes near me! Th hike is very much covered and surrounded my trees so minimal sun beams through. I definitely recommend to wear bug repellent, I literally got eaten alive.. The swimming hole is so beautiful, although I do inform you there will be a lot of nude people so expect that when you go down. There's plenty of rocks for people to relax and picnic even too. I should have taken a photo to show you when to make that left turn to get down to the water but you won't miss it if others are going too. When you see two dry dirt roads that split, that's when you'll make a left and go down from there. Other than that, this is my number one place! Def give it a shot.

Great hike. It was actually 8.4 for us.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike to the lake past a huge waterfall (it had rained last week). The trail is a bit tricky to find but so worth it to stop by this gorgeous lake. And the elevation is lower so there wasn't any snow in late May.

A nice trail to some lovely campsites, though we did not camp ourselves. Would be too hot in summer- lots of hiking on exposed slabs.

Just a beautiful peaceful hike that’s well maintained. This trail is a must. We saw a northern rubber boa on the trail also.

Great easy hike. Found a few newts along the way. The end has a beautiful view of the river.

This is a well maintained trail, just a few mountain bikers for traffic. Harmony Ridge Market has a full deli and espresso bar. We had 8 mi. Round trip. 4 miles moderate down and 4 back up and just a few muddy spots. Lots of wildflowers coming up.

Took the kids out there yesterday. My GPS from this site took me right to the trailhead. It’s absolutely gorgeous out there with all the work they have put into it. Well worth the 30-45min drive.

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