Spicer Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Spicer Reservoir Trail is a 19.3 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.

DISTANCE
19.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3477 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

backpacking
1 month ago

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!

backpacking
2 months ago

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!