A few days ago, I led a hike to Eastman Lake at the Wildlife Management Area. The trail is located in the Madera county, west side of Eastman Lake. The trail was right along the lake.
I would rate this trail moderate. Not too hard and not to easy. It was just about right. The trail was short. I would say it’s roughly 2 miles. What I love about this trail was the wild flowers and the view to the lake. It was calm and relaxing. Also, the foothills was amazing. I felt like I was in Scotland. The evergreen grass and the large boulders took me there, but I’m hoping, maybe one day, I would get a chance to tour Scotland and see beautiful mountain view.
Last but not least, my overall experience with the Wildlife Management Area was just a quick get away to relax, refresh, and renew myself.
Here’s a trail that would be great for everyone of all ages. Lakeview Trail. I would rate this a level 2, an easy moderate hike. It is a 4 mile hike to Eastman Lake. Giving you a total of 8 miles.
The trail is wide, although there are many ditches and loose gravel you may have to be careful. There are many huge bolders around the area and that can be challenging. Beware of rattlesnakes. Do not walk on tall grasses. I didn’t see any rattlesnakes because of the cold season. I didn’t want to risk being surprise either. So always be cautious.
What I love about this trail are the bolders and the unique vegetation. The bolders are huge! I was able to climb on one. The water seem to be low at this time of season. The plants are interesting when I started the trail. It’s like a walkway to a nice ending, which the ending was great! The view to the lake was beautiful. The water looked calm and the wind blew slightly against my face. I can feel the cold air through my nose down to my lungs. Everything was breathtaking. I love how nature is mesmerizing. The great thing about this trail is that it is open all season.
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Buzzards Roost trail is one of the best trails from Millerton Lake in Madera county. In fact, that’s the only trail to a perfect scenic view. The trail is inside the North Shore Campground and there is a park entrance fee of ten dollars. Buzzards Roost trail starts right off the road. However, parking will be off the road.
The difficulty of this trail is moderate to strenuous. I’m giving this trail a 4 out of 5. Let me break down the level’s of difficulty.
- 1 – easy (straight trail, no rocky hills or bumps)
- 2 – easy to moderate ( straight trail with little bolder and hills)
- 3 – moderate (curvy trail and straight trail with little bolder/stair step)
- 4 – moderate to strenuous (moderate curvy trail with little bolder step with steep trail)
- 5 – strenuous (very curvy trail with very steep trail to many bolder steps)
This trail is steep to hike to begin with. I was out of breath when I hiked up 20 steps. So, imagine hiking up the trail. Boy, the hike was worth the beautiful view. Buzzards Roost is 0.6 miles to the destination. When you turn back, the whole trail is about 1.2 miles. The elevation starting was 643 ft and to the end of my destination was 1155 ft elevation. It took me 45 mins to complete this trail.
At the top of the mountain, the view was beautiful. I can see Sky Harbor Road and the massive lake. I recommend taking this trail during spring because there is a small waterfall to see but it was dry. Overall, the hike going down was the best, but make sure to stretch your legs.
Click here to download and print the trail map. (I don’t own the map. It is the link to the state site.)
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