Blue Oak Trail

EASY
#8 of 74 trails in Sierra National Forest
Blue Oak Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Friant, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.6 miles 239 feet Out & Back
fishing hiking mountain biking nature trips trail running walking beach lake views wild flowers wildlife
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Nathaniel Gildersleeve
1 month ago

13 Completed2 Reviews

Best in the winter when the Bald Eagles are here and the snakes aren't. Dogs are not allowed on state park trails although I've seen a few.

Morgan Aichele
1 month ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Great for winter months due to the low elevation. In the spring and summer I prefer higher elevations due to rattle snakes. Great for dogs!

Kimberly DeJong
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

The trail itself is nice and easy, even for beginning hikers. It starts at the Blue Oak campsite and is clearly marked. The road runs parallel to it until about half way, which is as far as we went. Sadly, once we got to McKenzie Point there were a bunch of rattlesnakes and we decided not to cross them so we turned around. The wildflowers were gorgeous this year and I'm glad we went. But danger of rattlesnakes? No thanks.

Teagan P.
2 months ago

Sherry Portillo
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Did not see any Bald Eagles alas! However,
the wild flowers are plentiful. Saw Popcorn flower, Lupine, Shooting Star, Fiddleneck, Brodiaea, Baby Blue Eyes and many others.

Yoko Cruz
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

It was a great location for a run.

Jesse Garcia
3 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

We deviated from the path and followed some cow trails down to the shore. There was no set path, and it was a work out, going up and downhill. Way better the. The set pathway.

Henry Martinez
6 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

This is a very good beginners trail.

Libby Trutna
1 year ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Easy to get to and makes for a perfect beginners mountain bike trail

Phil Machonis
1 year ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Easy trail, but nice views of the lake.

Steven Espinoza
1 year ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Kristen Vogel
1 year ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

The beginning of the hike was a bit hard to find because it's literally next to the main road (which led to some nice rock climbing), but once we found it, it was quite nice for beginners! Only saw one other person, oh! and during the winter there is no fee. :)

Kacy D.
2 years ago

Susan Meyer-Silvas
2 years ago

11 Completed9 Reviews

Christel Marquez
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

did this trail this morn, really enjoyed it very peaceful....will def do it again

Nate Zamudio
2 years ago

13 Completed14 Reviews

I did this trail in early October.. I think I would have been better to hike during the winter

Justine Reynolds
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

10 dollar entrance fee, but the hike is pleasant. Lots of wildflowers still when I went. Lake is only a few feet from the trail, with many opportunities to take a dip if it gets too hot. Generally a good walk.

C Gomez
4 years ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Completed trail in early February 2012. Weather was warm. Took my two little ones (10 year old girl and 12 year old boy - the red heads). Really easy trail. Nice and quiet. Spent the day snacking and fishing, but didn't catch anything. There is a 10 dollar fee to enter.

Karol S.
4 years ago

Easy hike for fall, winter, and early spring. Summer can get too hot.

William B.
4 years ago