Small but scenic Lake Gregory makes a nice destination summer days when the Inland Empire heat hits triple digits. It also is low enough in elevation (4,554 feet) that snow is unlikely to accumulate to the point where it makes walking around the lake difficult.
The lake is named for Redlands developer Arthur Gregory, Sr. who helped finance the dam at the north end. While it’s mainly known as a boating, fishing and swimming destination, the 2.5 mile loop around the lake, complete with fitness stations, is a draw as well. Veteran hikers visiting the area for a more ambitious trip such as the Pinnacles or Deep Creek Hot Springs will find this to be a worthwhile additional stop.
Assuming you are parking at one of the turnouts on San Moretz Drive, you can take any of several paths head downhill to access the trail. Begin hiking in either direction (by heading counter-clockwise, you will be facing traffic during the few stretches of the route that are on streets.) You pass by the San Moritz Lodge at the lake’s south end and follow the trail past baseball diamonds, a senior residence and into an area shaded with black oaks and beech trees. At the northeast end of the lake, you cross a secluded beach (dogs are allowed here, unlike at the main beach area on the west end of the lake) and the dam.
After rounding the top corner of the lake and heading west, the trail climbs uphill to join Lake Drive. Follow Lake Drive for 0.3 mile to Lake Gregory Drive and then San Moritz Drive, where you can cut through the parking lot past the beach and pick up the trail on the lake’s south shore. From here, continue east toward your starting point.
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