Spicer Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Spicer Reservoir Trail is a 19.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Arnold, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

19.2 miles
2,933 feet

dog friendly





nature trips





wild flowers

16 days ago

We did the first 3.8 miles of this hike this weekend (and then branched off at Wheats Meddow along the "pack trail" towards Montgmery Meadow). It was very hard work going over many fallen trees and densely overgrown hard to follow trails (occasional streamers). GPS and map essential! It is beautiful, as all the others reviewers point out.

2 months ago

I have done this loop a few times when backpacking. I love it. Fun trails and a beautiful area. Never many people out if any. And I find it funny to read the other reviews that complain about the part of the trail (moving east from the damn south side of reservoir) that has absolutely not been maintained in years. That was my favorite part. Don’t get me wrong. You will be climbing over fallen trees and walking throw tall grass and baby pine trees for quite a while. It’s hard work. You will also have to use a map or GPS to figure out where you are going. But all said and done, that part was a blast if you are willing to work for it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

We were headed to Sword Lake and starting from the dam. The fist mile of this hike is great, moderate incline, heavily forested, great views. However, once you hit the reservoir the trail becomes harder and harder to follow. Luckily we had service and ended up needing to pull out our phones to find the way. The trail is completely overgrown and impassable at parts. It took us four hours to go about 3.2 miles because of how overgrown the trail was. We ended up having to turn around and go back to the reservoir to camp. Bring a machete or a weed hacker if you plan on doing the loop!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

There is a significant piece of this trail which is overgrown and hard to navigate between the dam and the Cow Camp. Hikers beware! Other than that, this is pure awesomeness. Just be prepared to fight brush for several miles if going from the Dam to Sword Lake, for example. My GPS said we hiked 17 miles, and it took 12 hours!