Phoenix Lake Loop via Gertrude-Ord Trail

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Mount Tamalpais Watershed

Phoenix Lake Loop via Gertrude-Ord Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ross, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.8 miElevation gain229 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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This trail starts from the main parking lot at the end of Lagunitas Road. If going counter-clockwise, you start on a dirt road, going around the northern part of the lake. After about a mile, you can take a left onto a hiking-only trail that traverses the southern part of the lake. There are bridges to cut the left side a bit, if you're short on time. Along the southern part of the lake, there are some small inclines, and then a small switchback back down to a dirt road. The road then returns to where you started, and you can take one of three small trails down to your car. Great loop to do with your dog in the Mount Tamalpais Watershed, a lesser-known and lesser-visited park area nearby Mount Tamalpais State Park. You’ll have an easier time parking here than at other trailheads in the area but will still probably share the trail with a few other joggers making this a safe and convenient choice for a run or hike. Accessibility: The transition from the parking lot to the trailhead is estimated to be the steepest part (over 12%). Users have reported that only the first mile is wheelchair or stroller friendly but then the surface gets really uneven with rocks and roots past that. The trail itself is dirt and moderately steep with a max grade of 7%. Use caution during the rainy season...trail becomes muddy and slippery.

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Greg Goglin
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This trail was “ok” compared to other trails in the area.  Very important note, there is limited parking at the trail entrance so go into this hike with the expectation that you’ll be waiting 10 to 20 minutes for a parking space.

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Lucas Wheeler
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Very crazy trail

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Harrison Pocock
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We had bad experiences during this.

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Tyler Benson
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Cool

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Molly Tello
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Scenic driving

Beautiful trail!! We’re so lucky to live close enough to enjoy this treasure.

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Tessa Campbell
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Pretty and peaceful

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Vitaly Erokhin
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No bikes a on trail. :(

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Kathleen Schick
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WalkingGreat!Muddy
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Otilija Borisovaite
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Hiking
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Olegs Pimenovs
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HikingGreat!
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Sean Melody
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Hiking

Went clockwise, first half wide trail in the sun, second half smaller trail in the woods. Loved it. Parking que to get a spot. So be careful to not miss the line.

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Denisa Kuduzovic
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Mark Vlcek
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Hiking

Great for hikers, trail runners, and dogs

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Miriam Wyatt
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Hiking

Got off trail but good hike. Siri, Michaela, Emma and the dogs.

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Charlie Praska
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Hiking

Nice walk ending with a picnic!

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Norman Ackley Jr
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L Strayhorn
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Hiking

Very nice and varied trail around the lake. Good shade and beautiful views. Very cool to see the elaborate historic log cabin. Kid-friendly and relaxing. On some stretches there were lots of bicycles th watch

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Lui Roma
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Hiking

Nice trail for families

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Ben Liepman
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HikingGreat!
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Nathan Tsang
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Hiking

Great workout trail with scenic views on the top. Good for trail running.

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Jacob Johnson
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Solid.

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Candice Aguirre
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Hiking

Busy but gorgeous trail.

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Rudy Luna
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Randy Miller
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Pedram Navid
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HikingGreat!
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Pinak Shukla
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Stanislav Zilberleyb
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Rob Campbell
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Glenn Sorrentino
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Hiking

Lots of mountain bikes on about half of the loop. Not great for all dogs.

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