Pollock Pines receives annual snowfall between 6 inches and 6 feet. The town sits on the westward side of the Sierra Nevada and receives several inches of precipitation each year. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), over 99% of it land. The area encompassing Pollock Pines is in a heavily timbered mountain region situated along the ridge top on the south side of the South Fork of the American River. It is approximately 15 miles east of Placerville and 60 miles east of Sacramento on Highway 50. It includes the area from the American River on the north to Jenkinson Lake and the Mormon Emigrant Trail on the south. Sly Park Recreation Area offers a beautiful wooded lakeside setting at 3,600 ft elevation located near Pollock Pines in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sly Park is a wonderful place to bring the whole family for an unforgettable experience.
There are many historical aspects to the area, which is located 18 miles east of historic Placerville. Briefly, it was the site of an early Indian habitation dating back several thousand years. It was also the site of an encampment for the Mormon battalion and is bordered on the south by the Mormon Emigrant Trail.
Campers, hikers, boaters, anglers, equestrians, photographers, and all-around nature lovers enjoy Sly Park. Jenkinson Lake, at the center of the park, is popular for boating, swimming, water skiing, and fishing. Hiking and mountain biking trails encircle the lake, covering 8 miles of mostly shoreline. Equestrian trails extend 9.5 miles around the lake above the hiking trail. The Miwok and Liberty trails, both reserved for hikers only, include interpretive information.
The park features 8 family campgrounds that contain a total of 191 individual sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and barbecue. Vault toilets and water faucets are nearby. The 1600 acre Sly Park Recreation Area also offers group camps, an equestrian camp (with corrals), and day use facilities.