Dales Lake
cross-country loop


2.8 miles  50' elevation gain

best season: 
early Apr
but not if snow below:

0:55 drive

dogs welcome on leash
(Sec 550M)


Dales Lake Ecological Reserve is very muddy in the wet season.  It is barren, hot, and dry in the summer until it becomes muddy again.

But for a couple weeks around early April it often has the densest assemblage of flowers of any of our hikes. 

It is usually completely empty of people at a time when Table Mtn is crowded.

Look for wild pigs

current weather forecast

Maps  Apr 2021 edition

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KML track of hike

This hike is in Dales Lake Ecological Reserve; owned by the public, managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hiking welcome, no camping allowed.