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Temescal Loop

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Trail

2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 109' 33 m
Descent: -110' -33 m
High: 515' 157 m
Low: 431' 131 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Wendy Wheeler

This is an easy lakeside hike.

Wendy Wheeler

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming

Family Friendly Two playgrounds, fishing, and ducks make for a family-friendly outing.

Dogs can not go into the lake.

Overview

You'll make two scenic loops around the lake on this hike.

Need to Know

Swimming and fishing are often closed due to algae, so check the webpage.

Description

Using this hike, you can hike every trail in the park in one visit. The area is great for picnics, fishing, swimming, and birdwatching.

For the first loop around the lake use the inner West Shore Trail heading southeast. Loop around the east shore of the lake to join the East Shore Trail. On the next loop around use the outer Oak Bay Trail then follow the East Shore Trail back to the parking lot.

There are some nice places to stop along this route, however, don't expect much seclusion. This is a popular urban park near the highway. It may be lovely, but it is certainly not remote.

Flora & Fauna

Redwoods, blackberries, iris, oaks, and French broom grow here.

History & Background

Temescal Lake opened to public use in 1936. Built for housing drinking water, the park was eventually updated in 1940 by Works Progress Administration crews with a beautiful stone building.

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Picnic area
May 13, 2018 near Piedmont, CA
Stream that feeds Lake Temescal
May 13, 2018 near Piedmont, CA
Water and garden next to the Beach House
May 14, 2018 near Piedmont, CA
Exploring behind the Beach House
May 14, 2018 near Piedmont, CA
Stairs up to the Beach House, gardens, and man-made waterfall
May 14, 2018 near Piedmont, CA
Lake Temescal
May 13, 2018 near Piedmont, CA

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