Jenkinson Lake at Sly park
This is a fairly easy trail for families with young children. The dirt trail goes along the lake. The initial steep downhill to the lake trail may be a little challenging but the rest of the trail is gentle up and down.
From Sacramento, take 50 East/El Dorado Fwy 48 miles to Sly Park Rd in Pollock Pines (Exit 60). Drive 4.5 miles south on Sly Park Rd, pass Sly Park main entrance, and turn left on Mormon Emigrant Trail. Pass two dams, and park on the right side of the road right after the second dam, near Bumpy Meadows parking area. We will meet at the Bumpy Meadows trail head. Parking is free on the side of the road. It will cost $5 to park at the Bumpy Meadows parking.
Dogs are allowed on the trail but not in the water.
You may bring swimwear and towels/slippers to play in the water.
Travel time: about 65 minutes one way.