Jenks Lake

Redlands, California 92374

Jenks Lake

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"Captain Lorin Shaw Jenks built a trout pond in the 1870s, using a small dam and diverting water from the South Fork of the Santa Ana River along a 1.5-mile ditch. He raised fish and sold them in San Bernardino. Capt. Jenks also founded a resort by the lake and was renowned for regaling his guests with tall tales, but the business failed because the three-day burro ride from town was too long for most visitors. His lake, nestled beneath the tall mountains and surrounded by splendid forest, is now a popular destination for anglers, youth groups, and families. It is stocked with bluegill, sunfish, large-mouth bass, and rainbow trout. Unfortunately, the water is now closed to swimming. While the lake can be reached from the paved Jenks Lake Rd., it is more enjoyable to take the short hike up from Barton Flats Visitor Center, and then saunter around the lake before returning the way you came."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: San Bernardino (Falcon Guides)
Allen Riedel
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"Hike along a beautiful old logging road to a magnificent ten acre mountain lake. Much of the route travels through lush and fertile woodlands. Pines grow tall here, and the flora of the forest is verdant and beautiful. All along the climb, hikers can expect vantage points with incredible views into the San Gorgonio Wilderness." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
San Gorgonio Wilderness
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Dec 2018