Jenkinson Lake Loop

Sacramento, California

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Circumambulating Jenkinson Lake, in the Sierra foothills east of Placerville, you’ll meander through a restored meadowland at the mouth of Hazel Creek, visit a waterfall near the outlet of Park Creek, and enjoy long roller-coaster stretches of easy woodland walking with great lake views. The north shore, you might say, is the prom queen, all gussied up with campgrounds and boat launches and picnic areas—a little flashy, a little loud, outfitted for a party, and a load of fun. The south shore is the lake’s tomboy side: rugged and challenging, dressed down but very pretty, and just as much fun. That’s the one thing the two shorelines have in common—they both will show you a good time.
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by Tracy Salcedo- Chourre (Falcon Guides)

Circumambulating Jenkinson Lake, in the Sierra foothills east of Placerville, you’ll meander through a restored meadowland at the mouth of Hazel Creek, visit a waterfall near the outlet of Park Creek, and enjoy long roller-coaster stretches of easy woodland walking with great lake views.

The north shore, you might say, is the prom queen, all gussied up with campgrounds and boat launches and picnic areas—a little flashy, a little loud, outfitted for a party, and a load of fun. The south shore is the lake’s tomboy side: rugged and challenging, dressed down but very pretty, and just as much fun. That’s the one thing the two shorelines have in common—they both will show you a good time.

© 2012 Tracy Salcedo- Chourre/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sacramento
Distance: 8.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-6 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sly Park Recreation Area / Jenkinson Lake, 4771 Sly Park Rd., Pollock Pines 95726; (530) 644-2545; http://168.143.6.148/recreation/recreation.htm
Local Maps: USGS Sly Park CA; available at the park entrance station
Driving Directions: Directions to Jenkinson Lake Loop

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