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This is an easy hike around Lake DeSabla and through the surrounding wooded area next to the flumes.


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

Point to Point

2,859' 872 m

High

2,759' 841 m

Low

180' 55 m

Up

162' 49 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a relatively easy hike with great features and scenery. It is doable for all ages, both young and old, and dogs are allowed.

Need to Know

There are no restrooms on this hike. It is in between towns, so not very close to cafes, stores, etc.

Description

The trailhead begins off the new Skyway facing the Lake DeSabla Reservoir. The trail fist goes along the left width side of the lake on a wide gravel and dirt trail, facing away from the road. At the edge of the lake, it turns left and ascends gradually through the woods on a clear trail.

When you reach Billups Lane, there is an option to turn right for a short distance, then another right at the intersection of Understock Road. Here, the trail continues next to the flumes, which have a gentle stream flowing through them.

The trail meanders between the long side of the lake and the Skyway, with enough of a hiking path along the road, which leads back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

You'll be surrounded by trees, mostly redwoods, and pines and deciduous trees along the flumes. Wildlife such as several species of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer live around the lake and may be seen on the hike.

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Breanna Smith

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Lake DeSabla, near the trailhead.
Dec 24, 2020 near Forest…, CA
The full Magalia flumes, surrounded by woods.
Dec 24, 2020 near Forest…, CA

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