Jenkinson Lake Falls

Pollock Pines, California

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A pleasant hike along the shoreline of a foothills reservoir leads to a short but pretty fall and pool. The waterfall on Park Creek, which feeds into sprawling Jenkinson Lake, is the primary draw of this route but just one of many pleasant diversions along the long trail that loops around the reservoir. The north shore of the lake, where about half of the route is located, is dotted with campgrounds and boat launches and picnic areas—a little flashy and a load of fun. The south shore—the waterfall is on this side—is more rugged and remote, very pretty, and just as much fun.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A pleasant hike along the shoreline of a foothills reservoir leads to a short but pretty fall and pool. The waterfall on Park Creek, which feeds into sprawling Jenkinson Lake, is the primary draw of this route but just one of many pleasant diversions along the long trail that loops around the reservoir.

The north shore of the lake, where about half of the route is located, is dotted with campgrounds and boat launches and picnic areas—a little flashy and a load of fun. The south shore—the waterfall is on this side—is more rugged and remote, very pretty, and just as much fun.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pollock Pines
Length: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Sly Park Recreation Area/Jenkinson Lake (El Dorado Irrigation District), 4771 Sly Park Rd., Pollock Pines, CA 95726; (530) 295-6824; www.eid.org/recreation/contact
Local Maps: USGS Sly Park CA; online at www.eid.org/recreation/park-maps; available at the park entrance station
Topo Map: Jenkinson Lake Falls Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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