Whichever route you take first, you'll note the contrasting feel when you pass from one to the other. If you choose not to do the whole lake, you can cross on a sturdy wooden footbridge and head back to the trailhead. Or, you can cross the lake at the end of one loop and form a figure-eight with the other. Furtastic!
The East Loop can be crowded with people, dogs and strollers, especially on nice weekends, and can feel more like a sidewalk stroll than a hike. The West Loop, however, is hardly ever crowded and the silence and solitude are breathtaking. Benches dot both routes for resting or sharing a snack with your furry bestie. Four picnic shelters line the shore as well. Lake overlooks pop up here and there, most at the end of short peninsulas into small bays and coves with paths leading to them. The headwater creek at the north end of the park produces a pawsome waterfall when it rains, furbulous for a splash for Fido! Bring water to share and clean up bags to ensure a pawrific adventure.
A pawrfect oasis in the city, Johnson Lake and its varying outdoor experiences are what bring locals back again and again to walk its trails!