Hiking the Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail at Sly Park

Added by Xavier Salgado

Distance: 9 mile loop. Elevation gain: 160 feet. Beautiful scenery and waterfall. Overnight camping. Well maintained trails. $11.00 for a day permit.

The Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail runs along Jenkinson Lake, making for an easy, shaded, and well-marked hike that the entire family can enjoy. The full loop is over eight miles, but can be easily modified into a shorter trip, as well.

Along the way, you will see a variety of activities along the lake (fishing, kayaking, canoeing, etc.), as well as come across some great areas for swimming, sight-seeing, and relaxing. Around 3 miles in, you will arrive at a calm, serene spot on the lake. To see the Park Creek Waterfall (33 feet), continue to your left for 200 yards, instead of taking Park Creek Bridge.

Driving Directions: Sly Park is located an hour east of Sacramento, along US-50 E, Sly Park Road exit. Regarding parking, you can enter the main gate and pay $11.00 depending on the day, or you can drive further down to a free parking area Mormon Emigrant trail. Free parking tends to fill up very quickly so early arrival is highly recommended.

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It’s Sly Park

If you don’t want to sound like an out of towner (flat lander) I suggest you refer to this place by its proper name of Sly Park. That being said, it’s a decent trail with some trail marking issues and general lake of signage and multiple interest ring areas along the trail.

Great Mountain Biking Loop Too!!!

This is also a great Mountain Biking Loop that you can take almost year round as long as there is no snow. To avoid paying for parking, park at the dam at the far end of the lake and then just find the trail which should be close by.

Easy hike. Quite pretty area. We took the dogs, might note that it is $5 per dog and dogs are not permitted in the water. We went on a busy weekend and still didn't find it too crowded, that part was lovely. Don't expect the waterfall (as did some on the trail) if you are going this in the year. (Sept 6th)

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