Secret Spot

One-way Distance: 0.3 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6867 - 6923 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Secret Spot
Fee: $7/vehicle
Attractions: Picnic area, fishing access

The Secret Spot trail is located in Ridgway State Park about 6 miles north of the town of Ridgway, Colorado. The trail begins near the west parking lot at the Dutch Charlie Marina and ends up along the shoreline of Mears Bay. The trail is connected by the Pinyon Park and Twin Fawn trails and provides access to a somewhat secluded picnic area and several great fishing spots.

To get to the trailhead stay to the left as you drive into the marina parking area and head to the upper parking lot. If you park in the lower lot near the restrooms and boat launch then you can take the stairs to the upper parking lot.

The trail is a well graveled hard packed path.

As the trail enters the trees the picnic area is on the right.

Each of the picnic sites includes a table and charcoal grill.

The Twin Fawn trail connects on the left as the trail passes the last of the picnic sites. The Twin Fawn trail leads up to the Elk Ridge Campground.

From there the trail angles down the grassy hillside to the shoreline.

We have fished the entire length of the shoreline from the cove near the mouth of the bay back toward the marina over the past 30-40 years and have never had trouble catching fish. Some days were slower than others but we have never been skunked.

The trail comes to an end at the gazebo that is at the end of the Fish Tale trail. From here you can loop around along to where you began or turn around and go back the way that you came. Hopefully you brought your fishing gear and will take advantage of the opportunity to relax along the shore and feed the fish. If it is too crowded for you here you can access the opposite shore via the Mears Bay and Enchanted Mesa trails. It can be nice to have a bicycle with you for that side of the bay if you would like to cut down on the hiking. For whatever reason that you came to Ridgway State Park the Secret Spot trail is another option to include in your itinerary. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.