Soda Lake Boardwalk (P.O.I.)

Trip Date: 3/8/2015

Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument

Permit/Pass: None

Trails: BLM brochure

Directions: From Interstate 5 at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley take exit for CA Highway 58 west to Buttonwillow and McKitrick. Follow CA 58 for almost 44 miles to Soda Lake Rd. Turn left (south) on Soda Lake Rd. and head 9.8 miles to the signed left turn into the dirt parking area for the Boardwalk.

Synopsis: This little stroll takes you out to white (when dry), alkalai Soda Lake, then follows the lake contours on a short, educational boardwalk trail. Best in winter when there's water in the lake.

Trail sequence: Soda Lake access trail / Boardwalk trail / access trail

Type: Out and back

Distance: 0.9 miles

Elevation: Min. -  ', Max. - '

Rating: Easy (factors: heat)

Trail Notes: An exceptionally flat walk with interpretive signs.


Soda Lake Boardwalk - Carrizo Plain NM


Turn by Turn: 

  -- Step through the rails onto the obvious trail heading toward the lake. Follow the straight path all the way to the lakeside.

  -- Turn right to take the boardwalk to its end.

  -- Retrace your path back to the parking area.


Photo Gallery: Flickr