Take A Hike: Sly Park Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail
Located At: 4771 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines. Take Highway 50 East, exit Sly Park Road and keep right for 4.2 miles. Main entrance will be on the left.
Distance: 8.5 miles (9.5 for the equestrian trail); 629 feet in elevation gain.
Difficulty Level: Moderate.
Know Before You Go: Dog-friendly (must be leashed); horseback riding and mountain biking allowed; parking is $10; open year-round.
Fuel Up: Sly Park Resort (4782 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines) offers ice, drinks, snacks, and gas, and features the Knot Hole Grill where you can enjoy a pre- or post-hike sandwich, burger, hot dog, cocktail, and more.
Why We Love It: Fairly shaded trails; multiple park entrances; Park Creek Waterfall can be easily accessed from the main entrance.
Trail Notes: Wear shoes with traction and sun protection (hat, sunscreen), dress in layers, bring extra water and snacks, and, as always, pack out what you pack in. Remember to keep to the right and that horses have the right of way over mountain bikers and hikers, and hikers have the right of way over mountain bikers.