Pine Flat Lake Hiking Trail
Sierra Nevada Hiking Trail Overview: Featuring over 1 million cubed feet of water, Pine Flat Lake covers an expansive area in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The lake was constructed in 1954 by the United States Army Corp of Engineers as an strategic infrastructure development to help with flood control. Today, the lake (when full) is home to water skiers, house boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders and yes, hikers!
The family friendly hiking trails surrounding Pine Flat Lake are relatively short (1-2 miles) and provide excellent views of the surrounding lake area & Sierra Nevada range. The map below features the hiking trail near the Island Park campground. There is an additional hiking trail past this campground at the Edison Point Point.
If you park in the campground area, a day access pass may be required to purchase.
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Total Distance: 1-2 miles (round-trip)
Total Distance (miles)
Pine Flat Lake was constructed in 1954 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Total Estimated Time (hours)
Pine Flat Lake has a storage capacity of 1,000,000 acre·ft.
When to Go
Year-Round: Weather permitting, Pine Flat Lake’s hiking trails can be enjoyed year round. However it some of the trail area may have limited or closed access during the cold winter months or rainy season.
If you prefer to visit the area with less crowds, try and avoid the summer as this is peak boating and camping season.
Yes, dogs are allowed in the Pine Flat Lake area, but must be kept on a leash.
Pine Flat Lake Hiking Trail Map
Pine Flat Lake Address for GPS: 32303 E Trimmer Springs Rd, Sanger, CA 93657
Why We Liked It
As the rain has recently returned to help California emerge out of historic drought levels, so have water levels in lakes surrounding the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We enjoyed seeing Pine Flat Lake fill with water and learn that the local economy will benefit from boaters, campers, and hikers returning to enjoy the lake’s beauty.
Although this hike is relatively short, the trail provides excellent views of the Pine Flat area and the Sierra Mountain foothills. It’s a fun respite & area to explore.