This weekend’s outing brought the CoolDMZs to Jenkinson Lake, in the Sly Park Recreation Area of El Dorado County. Longtime residents know Sly Park from the various youth camps located there, most notably the Sacramento Trad Jazz Camp and Sly Park Basketball School for grade-school hoopsters.
The lake is the center of the rec area, and it’s a beautiful spot for day camping or overnight stays. The hiking trails are wide and well groomed, the picnic spots near the lakefront are comfortable and handy, and the environment is picturesque as hell, if I may.
Parking for day use is $8, and overnight stays run you $20. It’s an hour from Sac and if you haven’t been yet it’s a four-star recommendation.
Sly Park Recreation Area
Pollock Pines, CA
Directions: I-50 East to Pollock Pines, Sly Park Rd. exit (Exit 60)