Point Defiance Trail
17660 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Penn Valley, California 95946
Local Phone: (530) 432-2546
The Point Defiance Loop begins on the north side of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge and follows the river for a mile to Point Defiance, where it flows into Lake Englebright.
Many gravel bars along the way make good splash spots in summer. A boat-in (or hike-in) group campsite at the point, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, when unoccupied makes a good spot to picnic and let your dog go for a swim. From here the trail climbs a hill and winds through woodlands with lake views for another 1.8 miles before sloping back down to the bridge.
• Leashed dogs allowed
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