Jenkinson Lake aka Sly Park

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  3.7 from 13 votes
greenBlue  Easy/Intermediate from 11 votes
Rank: #2 in the Sly Park Recreation Area area
#94 in CA, #917 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Pollock Pines,
“A great beginner trail with great views. It stays cool during hot summer months”
Shayne Holderby on Jun 24, 2013
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8.213.2 milesKilometers 680’207 m Ascent 3,531’1,076 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
80% Singletrack -657’-200 m Descent 3,449’1,051 m Low 34% Max Grade (19°)
Dogs: Leashed
Family Friendly - The lake has a large campground you will encounter several hikers on weekends.
Multi-use trail for hikers, runners and horses. Be respectful!
1:21 average time for 8.5 miles. Details

This trail is mapped as a counter-clockwise loop around lake, with views of the lake and forest throughout. Its a very scenic beginner trail, with no technical sections and mostly rolling singletrack. There's very little elevation change but you are at altitude to begin with.
Need To Know
The parking area is along the 2nd Dam or where shown on the map. At exactly the halfway point of the trail at a T intersection, make a right, ride for 200 yards and you'll come up to a nice waterfall and a nice place to cool down.
Head along Morman Emmigrant Trail for about 1/4 mile to turn off to the parking area on your left. The singletrack starts here (so does horse trail, stay off). From here, it's rolling singetrack all the way around.

On the north side of the lake, the trail intersects with several campgrounds, stay close to lake and you'll easily follow trail around campsites and back to singletrack. Watch out along the roads for easily seen painted markings indicating "Trail" to keep you on track.

At the northwest portion of lake, you'll pass a boat launch area. The singletrack picks up right at end of launch area and continues around along the lake edge back to the parking area.
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4.3 (12)
Nothing but fun after the burn.
near Pollock Pines, CA
4.0 (1)
A short out-and-back with nice natural singletrack.
near Pollock Pines, CA
4.0 (4)
A great ride combining two good trails with a fun, technical downhill.
near Pollock Pines, CA

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PHOTOS of Jenkinson Lake aka Sly Park
  4.0 from 1 vote
Inviting you for a swim (Pollock Pines, CA)
  4.0 from 1 vote
Sly Park Bike Trail-Jenkinson Lake (Pollock Pines, CA)
  3.3 from 3 votes
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  3.3 from 3 votes
View from the Southwest side of the lake. (Pollock Pines, CA)
  3.0 from 3 votes
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  3.0 from 1 vote
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  2.7 from 3 votes
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  2.3 from 3 votes
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  2.3 from 3 votes
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