Lake Balboa Trail

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Very Easy
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2.1 km
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3 m
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The Lake Balboa Trail is a fun little adventure in Los Angeles that will provide you with hours of fun. Scenic waterside views, wildlife, boat rentals, and a meandering trail all make for a fun day outdoors that the entire family will enjoy. Make sure to pop into the Wheel Fun Boat Rental shop if you want to have a bit of extra fun exploring the park.

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Route Description for Lake Balboa Trail

Whether you plan on walking the trail, taking a paddle boat for a spin, or simply want to sit and enjoy a nice picnic, an afternoon at Lake Balboa will be one well spent!

If you do choose to explore the area on foot, you can do so in either direction. For the purpose of this guide we chose to complete a clockwise loop.

Setting out from the parking lot, you will head to the west until you meet the water’s edge, at which point you can take your time meandering around the calm waters of the lake. After gazing out at the ducks and enjoying the peaceful setting, you will arrive back at the trailhead before you even know it!

Getting to the Lake Balboa Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for this adventure can be found at the parking lot next to the boat rental shop at Lake Balboa.

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  • Backcountry Campground


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    Yes - On Leash

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