The content on this page is from William Sherrard's e-book
Hiker’s Guide to the Trails of Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch.

The Middle Pond Trail is a 0.23 mile long trail that traverses the south and east sides of Middle Pond. The trail starts 0.46 miles from the southern terminus of the Ranch House Road Trail.
The trailhead elevation is 1,338 feet. From here the trail descends down to about 1,280 feet than rises to 1,319 feet as the trail dead ends into the East Ridge trail. The trail is an easy hike descending and/or rising no more than 20 feet, however, one must climb a major hill on the Ranch House Road trail in order to reach the Middle Pond trailhead.
The trail noted in blue on the slide presentation of Daley Ranch Trail map is the 0.46 mile hike up the Ranch House Road Trail to the Middle Pond trailhead. The short red arrow on the slide notes the short Middle Pond Trail as it traverses between the Ranch House Road and the East Ridge trails.
The trail starts out wide but quickly narrows to a single path trail. It quickly becomes too narrow for the ranger trucks to traverse.
Before starting down the Middle Pond Trail be sure and reset your GPS unit to zero. This will allow you to note the location of the scenic points along the trail that are depicted in the slide/video presentation.
The trail starts out wide enough for the trucks driven by the Daley Ranch Rangers. It soon narrows down to a single lane hiking trail. It is at this point, 400 feet from the trailhead, that we catch our first glimpse of Middle Pond.
Between 0.08 and 0.17 miles from the trailhead we get some excellent views of the water. Beyond the latter point our view of the pond is blocked by the foliage along the trail. (Click the image at right for a brief slideshow!)
At 0.17 miles the trail parallels a ditch that contains a large sluice gate. The flow of the water that at one time flowed down the ditch to irrigate the ranch was controlled by this gate. Boards in the sluice gate controlled the amount of water allowed to flow from the pond to places of lower elevation on the ranch. (Click on the image at right for a brief slideshow!)
Between the sluice gate and the end of the trail are some excellent views of the lake. A short distance beyond these views of the lake the trail ends. (Click on the image at right for a brief slideshow!)
The trail dead ends into the East Ridge trail. Going left at the intersection of the trails leads one to the Ranch House, whereas going right down the East Ridge leads to the Sage Trail.