Explore the most popular paddle sports trails in California with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

For an easier climb start at Campsite 22 and come back down the other side. Make sure you take water as there is no shade.

hiking
7 hours ago

Beautiful easy “hike”. Really a walk. Gorgeous secluded beaches. Entertaining sea lion colony. Well worth it.

Really great views, but be prepared for some very steep hills that undulate up and down consistently throughout the hike. Bring lots a water. Lots of options to cut the loop short and link up to the paved reservoir loop path below if you keep an eye out - a good option if you need some shade and easier terrain.

Amazing trail

Nice and easy, good relaxing stroll

Great views. Tip: $8 parking fee and opened seasonally

Definitely got lost coming back down and went to the left instead of staying to the right and ended up on a very scary ledge. Just make sure you stay to the RIGHT when you head back down and look for the stacking stones. Fun hike and very rewarding at the top. Highly recommend this hike but be careful.

Easy hike and absolutely stunning views. Spectacular trail since it is all the way by the river. Waterfall and rainbow are breathtaking. Will be back on Fall or Spring. In Summer I would say do early morning.

Excellent usually but warning, closed for fire today 7/14/18 3PM

Great walk...dusty trail....beautiful views

Even though listed mileage is 7.6 miles our hike once around plus the side route to the waterfall and back was over 9 miles according to my GPS. Nice single path trail with easy footing. Shade most of the way. Restrooms along the way. Dog friendly as they can drink from the lake the whole way. The waterfall is worth seeing.

Not much but better to do in the summer than the others close by I've done. This one goes from a boat launch along a littered polluted river. But in this area there isn't much for trails...

Nice easy hike, mostly shaded. Saw deer and lots of birds.

Jeremy and I hiked this trail and the views were spectacular! The Forest Hills Bridge is breathtaking and the river runs all along the trail making for great scenery. Clarke’s Pool was a bonus on the way back. Refreshing after being in the heat. Definitely returning for that! Nowhere did i see mentioned about the parking fee. Not a big deal but was unprepared to pay. Thank goodness they accepted Visa. Also, this app says dogs are not allowed on Clementine which is the lake behind the dam. “No dogs allowed” was also on the gate of the trailhead with dog poop bags right next to it. There were quite a few dogs on the trail and at the Pool. Not super clear about the furry ones being allowed or not. Great hike and swim!

Use to walk down here to fish when I was just a lad.

nice trail.

So beautiful, but be careful. We saw a giant mamma grizzly only about 60 ft from us with 2 cubs. Just make sure you keep your head up and are aware of you surroundings at all times. It was amazing to see them!

Awesome morning hike. Stopped to cool off in swimming hole just east of Foresthill Bridge. Dog that was on shore with some folks swimming decided to leave his mark on my backpack which was unfortunate. Lots of places to explore along the rocky shore. Definitely doing this hike/swim again. *** Note: CA State Parks charges $10 to park along the roadway/park area. Booth is sometimes open and accepts credit cards, but bring cash in case.

trail running
5 days ago

I have only run part of the trail but I love it! It is a great workout with some steep inclines. I did get lost a few times but that added to the fun.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views! I’m decently fit in my mid-20s and found this hike to be on the easier end of moderate. We started the hike at Vikingsholm and did an out and back to the end of the trail. The hardest part of the trek is the walk up the Vikingsholm access trail. Emerald Bay is easily accessible off trail and made for a refreshing dip at the end of the hike!

It’s great for everyone! It’s paved so you can bring grandma and at 6 miles round trip you can run or go multiple times. The scenery is fantastic and it’s about 15 minutes from everywhere in San Diego!

PARKING: limited parking in the dirt lot that opens at 8AM so i recommend getting there a little early to claim the prime spot.

THE HIKE: locating the trail head was a bit difficult for me since there were multiple trail heads at the start. choose the right one or you'll end up by the river with no where else to go (whisper: saw a lady doing yoga posses on this very short trail and i awkwardly walked backwards as though i just saw a bear)

Anyway, the hike itself is very well maintained and saw a few rangers making rounds making sure that people are leashing their dogs and making sure poops are in poop bags. I went during the weekday so didn't notice a lot of human traffic (perfect for my introverted self). HOWEVER, the reserve does offer guided hikes and as i was heading back, a swarm of (i kid you not) 20 children were running past me and 1 chaperone absentmindedly staring at her phone.

You'll go through some slight inclines and declines but overall, the hike was bearable. The dam (which i mistook for the lake) is pretty cool but definitely make your way up to the actual overlook for breathtaking views!!! i guarantee you're hiking mind will feel the euphoria of gorgeous scenery. Take your time taking it all in, too! It was nice being the first and only one at the overlook.

I would say this is one of my favorite hikes in the area. Warning though, there's very little shade so either go super early to beat the heat (especially during the summer) or be prepared and slather layers of sunblock. Also be careful for random animal droppings. And bugs.

on Dry Lagoon

7 days ago

great hike and views of lagoon

Didn’t really come for the hiking, but did about a 1/4 of the loop N. from boat ramp. Seemed well marked and paved. Perfect for my toddlers. Mostly drove up for swimming and a picnic at the lake. A bit of a drive, but worth it to us. Def will be back. Awesome watering hole to keep the kids cool on the hot summer days

We are tied to hikes that allow dogs. We are running out of places but happy to find this trail. Coming from the East Bay in Walnut Creek it was very pleasant to have a sea breeze and a touch of fog. Not the typical trail found in the east bay. We loved it. Only managed 3 miles but a nice get away from home.
Lots of birds, brown pelicans are abundant here.

I go on this hike every time I'm in Santa Cruz. The views are amazing and the hike is easy. Only bummer is that it can sometimes be pretty windy.

A perfect hike with popsicles at the end! We started up at the day parking area near the campgrounds. Loved the varying terrain and vegetation. Absolutely gorgeous views of Emerald Bay. It was warm so we stopped to swim on the way down and back up from Vikingsholm. We saw at least four Osprey nests throughout the hike as well.
And for the bonus round...once we got down to the Vikingsholm park center they had snacks and popsicles for sale! Sweet. After our snacks we took the extra .2 mile hop up to see Lower Eagle Falls, do not miss it!

Really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this trail... the steady ascent up the Miwok worked our lungs but didn’t overwhelm us, and the views as we picked up the Coastal were lovely (we were lucky enough to get a fog-free, sunny day). We were tired and cut over back to the parking spot along the Lagoon trail instead of going down to the point, will have to check that out next time.

Gentle, well-shaded hike. I would also suggest entering at the southeast entrance off of Mormon Emigrant Trail and heading to the waterfall and back. This route is much more serene and less congested than doing the full loop; the north and west sides of the lake have many campsites and considerably more people.

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