Hiking the Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail at Sly Park

Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail - Search Nearby - 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.

Activities

Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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