Phoenix Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 741' 226 m
Descent: -742' -226 m
High: 582' 177 m
Low: 88' 27 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“An excellent hike around the Phoenix Lake Basin, full of beautiful and diverse terrain.”— Jesse Turner
Head down the hill where you'll continue straight at the fork onto the Yolanda Trail. This trail will climb gradually and skirt the edge of the ridge, providing great views of Mt. Tamalpais if you look behind you. Yolanda Trail will start to descend and you'll come to Five Corners.
Here, you'll take the left-most trail, the Hidden Meadow Trail, and head through grassy meadows. Look for the swing on an oak tree down the ravine on the left as you start to descend. At the bottom of Hidden Meadow Trail, you'll come across the trail's namesake meadow which is a great opportunity to lengthen your stride and pick up some speed.
You'll come out onto Shaver Grade Road, which is a gradually descending fire road that takes you back towards Phoenix Lake. You'll pass an intersection with Fish Grade and Eldridge Grade, then start watching on the right for a small trail that will take you around the southwest side of Phoenix Lake: the Gertrude-Ord Trail.
Take the Gertrude-Ord Trail, following along the edge of Phoenix Lake. There are nice oaks, some cattails, and a few creeks along the way. You'll descend some stairs and come to the intersection with the end of the Bill Williams Road. Turn right and continue up into the trees away from the lake. The Bill Williams Trail is gorgeous as it follows along the creek and below towering redwood.
At the top of the watershed, you'll come to two bridges, which you'll cross and head back down the other side of the creek. There is some good climbing on the stairs leading away from the two bridges before you begin a gradual descent on the Tucker Trail through the oaks and redwoods.
You'll end up back on the Bill Williams Road on the edge of the lake, which you'll turn right onto. This road takes you across the dam and back to the start of the hike. Cool down with a hike down the fire road back to the parking lot.
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