63 Natoma Street
Folsom, CA 95630
Once in Madera County, the visitor has a choice of two trails to travel. The northern portion of the trail makes a six-mile loop which takes one into the chaparral clothed uplands where they will encounter mountain lilac (ceanothus), manzaita, mountain mahogany, and many other shrubs and annual wildflowers. The southern portion of the trail, which is four miles long, connects with Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, where it will, in the future, link up with State Parks Millerton Lake Trail. The BLM trail follows along the river and leads the traveler through oak woodlands with their mixture of foothill pines. Hikers and horseback riders who use the Squaw Leap trail will have access to several thousand acres of public land. There is a wide range of wildlife present throughout the Squaw Leap area which can be enjoyed by the sportsman and the naturalist. The list of species includes the California mule deer, quail, band-tailed pigeons, waterfowl, Audubon cottontail rabbit, grey squirrel, and mourning dove.
Map + Directions
Access to the trail is by Smalley Road, off Power House Road, north of Auberry. The trail head and parking lot are on the Fresno County side of the San Joaquin River while the main trail, in Madera County, can be reached by an equestrian bridge.