“A short out-and-back or a loop to a little pond.”
— Randy Carnley
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife
Very sticky mud after any precipitation. Rayhouse Road crossing of Cache Creek may be impassable at times due to high water.
The Frog Pond Trail takes you through oak woodlands to a small pond. The pond is said to have some very large frogs living in and around its shores. The trail has a variety of fabulous views of Cortina Ridge, Glascock Mountain, and some stunning blue-oak woodlands.
The trail starts the same as the Blue Ridge Trail
. You cross the low water bridge of Rayhouse Road (a.k.a. Road 40), then follow the road to your right. After you pass by the stone barn and stone house, you'll see the trail on the right side of the road. Turn right off of Rayhouse Road and begin the journey up to the pond. The trail is five miles long, and lassos around, forming a nice partial loop.
The pond itself is nothing spectacular, but the run is nice. If you choose to take the loop leading up the ridge to the west, be aware that is becomes very narrow through thick thorny shrubbery.
Flora & Fauna
Foxes, coyotes, eagles and reports of mountain lions in the area.