The Phillips Lake South Shoreline trail begins on the south side of Mason Dam and ends near Southwest Shore Campground. The trail traverses the southernly banks of the lake (actually a reservoir) through grasslands and young growth ponderosa pine forests. It is a scenic trail and offers outstanding views of the lake and the Elkhorn Mountains for summer and winter travelers. Numerous coves and inlets provide opportunities for viewing waterfowl, shore birds, and occasionally deer and elk. The multi-season trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. This trail is one of several mountain bike and hiking trails that are found in the Phillips Lake Trail system.
Difficulty level: Although there are some short sections with moderate grades, the trail is an 'easy' level.
Maps: The Phillips Lake South Shoreline trail overview and map (210 KB) provides a quick one page overview of the trail, the facilities and directions on how to get there. The Phillips Lake Trail map (1.2 Mb, PDF) shows more details for the northern and southern trails around the lake and adjacent area.