McKay Lake Trail
This very scenic 1.5-mile trail encircles beautiful McKay Lake within the McKay Lake Open Space. McKay Lake was operated as a private fishing and hunting (waterfowl) club before purchased by the city for open space, so fishing can be good! Park at the trailhead on the south side of 144th Avenue just west of Pecos Street. Proceed due south along the top of the recently rebuilt McKay Lake dam and spillway on the east side of the lake. To the left is the Huntington Trails residential development. On the south side of the dam, the gravel trail meanders next to the lake, abutting the Lexington subdivision with its beautiful homes. The views to the west over the water to the mountains are stunning. Be on the lookout for a variety of waterfowl that frequent this lake.
Soon the trail veers west along the south side of the lake past several large cottonwood and willow trees. The new south dam for McKay Lake is visible on the left. A maintenance road is located on the top of the dam. The dam was moved south to preserve the beautiful trees growing on the old dam. Soon the wide gravel trail ends at the west end of the lake, where there is another trailhead.
If you are on a bike, return the way you came. If on foot, there is a narrow informal trail that continues along the west and north side of the lake. The trail on the north side of the lake is particularly scenic as it passes through a heavily wooded area with huge cottonwood trees. The city plans to build a gravel trail and floating fishing pier in this area in the future. Follow the path through the woods back to the trailhead along 144th Avenue.
Photo: Courtesy Mike Smith