Sly Park - Jenkinson Lake Loop

#5 of 134 trails in Eldorado National Forest

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Sly Park - Jenkinson Lake Loop is a 9 mile loop trail located near Pollock Pines, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for fishing, hiking, mountain biking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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Dave Dannenbrink (83)

3 Completed3 Reviews

Very nice 9-mile loop around the lake. Start at the Bumpy Meadows lot ($5) or park on the road for free. Did it in ~3 hours with my dog on a good pace, 4.5hrs on a much more leisurely pace with my wife. Did see one Osprey and two Bald Eagles on one trip circle directly overhead, very awesome.

T Smith (1457)

96 Completed43 Reviews

We did this ten miles in early evening, it's a great easy track to jog, walk, hike for all ages. We did the whole trail around the lake but you can pick and choose parts. I'm listing it as walk instead of hike because it's around campground, not much climbing, although you're in the trees, you don't feel you're completely out in wilderness, unless of course you're from the city. Beautiful walk to have the lake in view for majority of walk. Nice little waterfall, don't miss it, it is just off the trail a bit.

Corky Oakes (116)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Went up last Saturday, April 4th and ran into fences and more fences...started near boat ramp (about 1/4 mi south)....other hikers told us that it really wasn't possible to get around the lake because of the fences. California Dept of Public Health posted a notice about limiting "human contact" but it only applied to the area of the lake abuting Mormon Emmigrant Trail highway. We finally bailed. Later we drove up MET and saw that the Bumpy Meadows trailhead had lots of hikers/bikers around. Guess that's a good alternative.

Nancy S. (359)

Good walk/hike. Very pretty. Great for a picnic.

David Chouiniere (77)

1 Completed1 Reviews

For a novice mountain biker, this loop was a blast and a challenge. I was off my bike almost as much as I was on. Nevertheless, this was a great trail. Beautiful views, lots of challenging ups and downs and my fellow bikers / hikers were all friendly and understanding.

Carin Chumbley (614)

24 Completed28 Reviews

Easy hike, the distance makes it a pretty good work out. My Garmin clocked it at 9.25 miles and it took 3 hours. I went on a Saturday and saw very few people, which was nice. I enjoyed the hike, except for the areas around the dams, because you have to walk up on the road. The water is so low right now, the lake is not very pretty but the trail itself is, and the stream flowing is really nice to walk along. It's nice and close to home, and is a pretty good way to spend an afternoon.

Gary Pinkley (164)

5 Completed5 Reviews

Great hike around the lake. My Garmin had it at 9.2 miles starting out at Bumpy Meadows parking lot and sidetracking to the waterfall. The trail has a lot to offer and a lot to see. It is a shared trail with mountain bikers so watch out for them. It took me about 3 hours 18 minutes to hike the trail as I tend to stop often to smell the roses. The lake is really down and a lot of hikers cut across the east end which shortens the trail time and distance. There are times when the trail winds through campgrounds and takes you down paved roads on the North side, and the rest of the trail is fairly wide and well maintained. Enjoy this one.

Sean Rabourn (55)

2 Completed1 Reviews

I thought it was a really nice and overall a good training distance walk, but I don't know if I would label it as a blue square or an extremely challenging one. I would recommend it based off the visual lake and forest sightings.

Ashley Wolf (364)

11 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful trail!

emma hartvig (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I live by the lake so I go all the time. It is good for biking but the east side only has one restroom. It's located in a parking lot up a hill a little after the road. The west side is flat and has restrooms and picnic tables. For the biking part the east side is a bit hard if you're not a hardcore biker because of roots and rocks. It's really fun and anyone can go on it.