Phoenix Lake Trail

Ross, California 94957

Phoenix Lake Trail

Phoenix Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"If you have a dog who “loves to read the signs,” gentle Phoenix Lake is the place to be. This 4.2-mile trip is a dog walker’s heaven, where friendly people ask—often—if their dogs can meet your dogs. After a few minutes of sniffing (by dogs, of course), you’ll be on your way until the next encounter. Phoenix Lake was created in 1905 when ranchers built the dam, which created the reservoir. History has it that the dam was going to be put up over the old Shaver stage coach line, cutting off the dairies from Ross Station so that the ranchers would have to make the more tedious run over the hills to Fairfax. There were some threats, some guns pulled, and in a compromise, a road was built across the dam and up the canyon. It’s this road where the hike begins."

More Phoenix Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Phoenix Lake was created in 1905 when the long-defunct Marin Water and Power Company built the dam, which created the reservoir. History has it that the dam was going to be put up over the old Shaver stagecoach line, cutting off the dairies from Ross Station so that the ranchers would have to make the more tedious run over the hills to Fairfax. There were some threats, some guns pulled, and in a compromise, a road was built across the dam and up the canyon. It’s this road where the hike begins."

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Trail Information

Ross
Nearby City
4.2
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
350 feet
Top Elevation
Marin Municipal Water District, Sky Oaks Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS San Rafael
Local Maps

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Oct 2018