With its fresh clean air and beautiful scenery, the area around Lakeport California is a haven for all those who enjoy the great outdoors, particularly those who have a passion for activities such as hiking as there are an abundance of trails in the region that have plenty to offer in this respect.
One of the most popular trails among visitors to the area can be found near Kelseyville and this is known as the Indian Nature Trail, which takes in all the natural resources used by the Pomo Indians who were native to the region for centuries. The trail is surrounded by an abundance of thick vegetation that was crucial to the Pomo lifestyle and this trail will also be of interest to those who are interested in plant-life as it incorporates a great deal of fauna and flora species indigenous to the area. However, hikers are advised to keep on the designated pathways as poison oak can also be found here growing in large quantities. There are some magnificent views along this trail too which overlook the valley beneath and the entrance to this state park. Camping and Picnics areas are available throughout the park and cabins around the lake’s shores can also be rented Access to the entrance can be found a few miles of northeast of Kelseyville itself along Clear Lake’s Soda Bay Road and there is easy access for parking too however the trail is not recommended for mountain bikes or horse riding and dogs are prohibited on these state park trails.
More experienced hikers may prefer a trail that offers more of a challenge and if that’s the case then the Wright Peak Summit Trail may be ideal for those who want a difficult route that will test them further. This is a 7 mile trail – 3 miles of which consists of a steady uphill hike – that takes around half a day to complete through open bush that includes wild orchid and magnificent oak forest land before it will eventually lead to the highest peak of Mount Konocti (Wright Peak), however the views from the top are simply stunning and include vistas of the surrounding lake, volcanic peaks and mountain areas, so these are well worth any effort undertaken to reach the summit. On a clear day hikers can enjoy panoramic views that reach as far away as Mount St. Helen the most remote point in the region which is covered in snow for much of the year due to its high elevation levels, as well as Sutter Buttes and Mount Lassen that can be viewed from Cal Fire Tower on this route. Hikers should take adequate safety measures before commencing any of these trails as weather conditions can change dramatically in very little time from lake level to the mountain peaks so always check the forecast in advance. During hotter months it is also prudent to ensure that you take plenty of water as there are no streams on the route that will allow you to refill your water bottle.