The Pan Handle Lake Loops Trail is an alternative and more interesting way of exploring the middle section of the Panhandle Multi-use Trail
To access, start at the middle trailhead for the Panhandle Multi-use Trail
near the horse parking area. The trailhead is located just behind two picnic benches and an information sign within the horse parking/Equestrian campground. Follow the white blazes of the Panhandle Multi-use Trail
which starts by skirting the horse parking area and exiting by a gate at the end of the horse parking area. Take the wide horse trail to the left for about 0.5 mile.
A signpost is marked for the Panhandle Lake Loop Trail (may use a different name on the sign) on the right hand side of the trail. Take this trail to the right which loops around four inlets before reconnecting with the Panhandle Multi-use Trail
. This part of the trail is singletrack and can be overgrown in places. There are occasional views of the lake from the trail.
From the eastern intersection with Panhandle Multi-use Trail
, I recommend heading back west on Panhandle Multi-use Trail
to make a loop, rather than heading further east.