Beginning at the gate at Lake Road, stop at the sign to ponder the map, then head down the wide fire road. You’ll see a bench where the trail forks; turn left towards the lake (right takes you down John Brooks Trail, which gets steep in spots, but does lead to two nice vista spots higher up). After the lake comes into view after about 0.6 miles, look for a wide trail to access it, turning to your right. Stop to enjoy the lake then continue back the way you came out.
Extend the hike past the parking area, along Lake Road, across Hallmark Drive, then continue along the wide Upper Lake Road Trail, which covers a distance of 0.4 miles before ending. It passes through residential area entirely, so it’s not as picturesque of a way to travel, but it will add 0.8 miles distance (round trip).