Squaw Leap

Hikers and horseback riders who use the Squaw Leap Trail will have access to several thousand acres of public land.

photo: Squaw Leap Pa'San Ridge Trail. Photo by Liske.

Length: 10.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: NE of Fresno, from Anberry take Powerhouse Rd. N, left on Smalley Rd. to end.
State(s): California
Counties: Kern
Longitude: -119.51886
Latitude: 37.09359

Driving Directions

Located 5 miles northwest of Auberry, in San Joaquin River Gorge. Access by Smalley Road, off Power House Road, north of Auberry. Trailhead/parking on Fresno County side of river, main trail is in Madera County, reached by equestrian bridge.


The Squaw Leap Area is located at the upper portion of Millerton Lake and is accessed through the town of Auberry, CA. The area is managed by BLM with trail heads for the San Joaquin trail. The trail leads through chaparral uplands with mountain lilac, manzanita, mahogany and many shrubs and annual wildflowers. The trails leading from Squaw Leap Area include a 6 mile loop through the northern portion of the recreation area and a 4 mile trail connecting to the San Joaquin River Trail. Interpretive nature trails and cultural information is available. BLM cooperates with the California Parks and Recreation at Millerton Lake to help users appreciate the foothills area of the Sierra Nevada. Access to the lake and river areas provide good shore fishing opportunities.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
John Hervey
Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Dr.
Bakersfield, CA 93308 -6837
(661) 391-6000
[email protected]



Squaw Leap Pa'San Ridge Trail. Photo by Liske.

Squaw Leap Pa'San Ridge Trail. Photo by Liske.


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