Looping tightly around the lake, this route offers plenty of shade without compromising great views of the lake. Beginning and ending on a paved path, the dirt trail and singletrack in between makes for some decent climbing among the eucalyptus trees.
Features: Lake — Views — Wildlife
Bathrooms are available at several locations along the route.
Start at the marina, heading clockwise around the lake along West Shore Trail
. Duck and geese are usually visible here. There are rolling hills over the next 1.75 miles on a paved path. The loop continues over a dam crossing before going onto the Bass Cove Trail
. This dirt trail provides the first real hill of the route before continuing onto more rolling hills with continued views of the lake.
Look for a right onto Columbine Trail
where you'll need to go over a short, wooden path before starting the few miles of singletrack. This trail is mostly shaded for the next few miles with some obstructed views of the lake and one decent-sized hill. This is a great spot to see deer. At about mile 5.5, there is a bench on the trail overlooking the lake. This is the best place to stop and enjoy the view.
Next comes a quick descent before coming to a fairly flat, dirt trail. Make a right on Live Oak Trail
to run across a narrow wooden bridge and up a flight of stairs. Take a right onto Cameron Loop Trail
for the last bit of dirt path before heading straight onto the paved path of East Shore Trail
. Continue on this shaded trail with more rolling hills to take you back to the marina.
Deer and wild turkey are seen on occasion. Geese and ducks are always present.