Lake Davis Trail

Area Status: Closed

The Lake Davis Trail extends for seven miles along the south and east sides of Lake Davis. It was built along an old railroad grade by volunteers including the Portola Rotary Club. With walkways above fragile meadow environments the trail meanders in the mixed conifer forest from the intersection of County Highway 126 to Lightning Tree Boat Ramp. Our wonderful volunteers at Portola Rotary Club have provided extensive trail clean-up.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors should always check Alerts and Notices on the Plumas National Forest website.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Lake Davis Trail
Closest Towns: Portola, California
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilets at the dam and at Lightning Tree boat launch
Operated By: U. S. forest Service
Information Center: For information about this location please call the Beckwourth Ranger District Office in Blairsden, CA at (530) 836-2575

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

This nearly level trail is great for a family bicycle outing. Bicyclists should always yield to foot and equestrian traffic.

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Day Hiking

Close to all of the Lake Davis Recreation Area campgrounds, this is a great place to stretch the legs, view wildlife and forest scenery.

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Horse Riding

The views are even better from atop a horse. Kicker 'er into gear and take a ride.

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Viewing Wildlife

Evening or late evening walks are likely to deliver oportunities to view the wide range of wildlife in the area. Critters include Bobcats, deer, black bear, eagles, geese, pelicans, squirrels, rabbits and song birds.

Viewing Plants

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Viewing Scenery

High Sierra peaks provide the backdrop for views of the lake.

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