Hike around Phoenix Lake

San Francisco Phoenix Lake Trail

Added by Jennifer Heifferon

Phoenix Lake is the easiest to access of all Mt. Tam’s lakes. Bring the whole family for the 2.7 mile hike around the lake. Enjoy being far enough from the city to not hear traffic or see buildings. 

Enjoy the peacefulness of making it out to the lake for a quick hike without worrying too much about challenging climbs or difficult terrain. Take the wide fire road from the car uphill and then jump on the Phoenix Lake Trail. From here, you’ll combine this trail with the Gertrude Orr and Bill Williams trails.

Make sure you get here early on nice days or weekends. The parking lot holds about 20 cars and can fill up quickly. If you the spots are gone, it's not the biggest deal. Park along Lagunitas Road and add about 5-10 minutes of extra hiking depending on how far down the road you have to park.

Pack List

  • Baby Carrier Pack or Regular Backpack
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Athletic Shoes
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Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



2.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

200 Feet



Dog Friendly
Family Friendly

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Wild turkeys, turtles, and I have heard of otters being seen.

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