The trails around Jenkinson Lake can be visited on horseback, mountain bike and foot. This guide, however, is going to focus on hiking... more ».
The full route, if you go all the way around, is just over 8 miles. With the continuous ups and downs it can feel like a lot further though. The total elevation change is insignificant but the small "whoopdedoos" can amount to hundreds and even thousands of feet perceived elevation change. Good physical endurance is a must if you're going to make it all the way.
Getting there: Take the 50 freeway to Sly Park Road (exit #60) and head south for about three miles. The main entrance will appear on the left just across from the Sly Park Resort corner store. You can stop in at the park entrance to check the daily notices but you don't necessarily have to park here. It's at least $10/day to bring a car inside the park from this entrance! There are many spots to park on Mormon Immigrant Trail that cost less and most are actually free. The POIs in this guide will show parking suggestions.
Jenkinson Lake at Sly Park has outdoor activities all times of the year. Snowshoes, cross-country skiing, boating and swimming are enjoyed by many. It's a huge park with more features than most people can visit in one day. There are events in the park that include everything from community mixers to the yearly "Run on the Sly". This park has been voted "Best Recreation Facility by the Mountain Democrat newspaper year after year. less «