This is an easy trail that follows the contour of the lake all the way around. Dowdy Lake is very popular and so the trail will commonly have other users on it. Keep an eye out for other hikers, walkers, runners, mountain bikers, anglers, and campers.
On the south and west sides of the lake, the trail meanders past the Dowdy Lake campground. Be mindful of those who are camping very near the trail.