“This is a fairly easy, tight and twisting ride mostly under oaks and cedars.
— keith radons
Great for a ride or hike with the kids. Lots to look at with the spillway and dam.
This loop is great for summertime rides as it's mostly in the shade with quick access to the restrooms and parking lot. The Inner Loop features views of the spillway, creek crossings, and short ups and downs. It's a good beginner ride, or when added to other more demanding trails, used as a cool-down or warm-up. Or knock out 3-4 hot laps on its own!
Call after it rains.
Need to Know
$5 entrance fee. Or get a yearly State Park pass.
Start from the parking area and begin on the Spillway Trail
. When coming out onto the creek shelf, stay on the west side of the creek (don't cross the creek). Look for the trail to pick back up into the trees on the left just a few pedal strokes from the creek crossing area. As you enter, the trail quickly "Y's." Go left here for an extra 1/4 mile or so.
Continue following along to a steep drop down into the spillway creek run-off. Pop back up the other side and continue until coming out onto a flat landing overlooking the three-tiered spillway. You'll see the trail cut back into the trees directly to the left, but continue up the semi-steep hill and then look for the next trail to the left and head back down into the trees.
From this point on, it's as simple as following the trail through ups and downs, tight twists and turns, and bar scraping spots in the trees. You'll see some small cuts in the trail mostly used by trail maintenance. Just keep on the obviously used trail.
Finally you'll come to a "T" intersection at a doubletrack section. Go left here and it takes you out to the park road where you'll cross the road and go left, picking back up on the Fossil Ridge Trail
(this hooks back to the right and continues on, going across the earthen dam, coming back to where you had just come from).
Now you'll follow the last 1/2 mile or so of the Fossil Ridge Trail
on a flat-out, big-ring, straight-a-way until it turns into Camp Creek Loop
. Twist around through the trees until you end up back at the parking area.
History & Background
A small earthen dam to impound the park's 116-acre lake, with a beautiful masonry, three-level spillway was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (Co. 3804) in 1935.