Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews

Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.0 miles 1085 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

This loop around Lafayette Reservoir on the Rim Trail, with great bird-watching opportunities and several high points affording 360-degree views, is a great introduction to the parklands administered by the EBMUD. NOTE: This route is almost impassable during wet weather due to mud. There is a parking fee. No horses, dogs or skateboarding. Bikes and roller skates are allowed. Open Tues and Thurs,12 P.M. to closing. Sunday mornings, opens at 11 A.M.

trail running
1 day ago

Great undulating hill course providing a consistently great workout. Also has several offshoot trails which intersect with the smaller paved lake trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice loop, will probably try it as a run soon.

21 days ago

Dogs are allowed on a leash per EBMUD policy:

http://www.ebmud.com/recreation/east-bay/lafayette-reservoir/

1 month ago

I love the Rim Trail. 5mi is an ideal hike length, the hills are challenging but not impossible, there is a great water fountain halfway around, and every step is beautiful.

1 month ago

Challenging hills and beautiful views. Pushes me to the limit but no further.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Beautiful and challenging! Definitely wear good hiking boots and bring a camera. Maybe hiking poles too.

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable trail I did with a friend. Quite a bit of ups and down but no long sustained hills. It gets a little traffic but not much as the crowded lower trail. We saw a lot of deer and waterfowl. I highly recommend this over the lake trail.

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3 months ago

A pleasant paved and easy 2.7 miles trail. Most people can walk around this loop in about an hour. The path offers lovely scenery of the surrounding hills covered with virgin oak woods and an abundance of wildlife. A feast for the senses and the soul.

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked the upper rim of the Lafayette Reservoir. This track is longer than the Lafayette Reservoir Nature Trail (5 vs. 2.8 miles) and it has some very steep inclines, this is definitely not a beginner’s hike. The trail is a loop and has nice views of the Mt. Diablo and the surrounding areas. Hiking poles are highly recommended for the steep descent on some of the hills. Parking lot at the Lafayette Reservoir has daily entrance fee of $7.00.

walking
4 months ago

Kid friendly, dog friendly and people friendly. One of the most walked places in the bay Area. Good for all ages and even wheelchairs. Good to combine with upper trail if fitness allows.

hiking
4 months ago

We took the Rim Trail from the east side of the parking area to the Campolindo trail, descending down to the Lafayette Nature Trail. Campolindo Trail was very steep! The Nature Trail very busy! Aside from the good little workout, this trail offers grand views of Mt. Diablo to the east, surrounding residential neighborhoods, and the reservoir itself. I'm looking forward to completing the entire Rim Trail.

walking
4 months ago

Easy and scenic trail. Kids friendly.

walking
4 months ago

Nice scenic easy trail around the reservoir. Kids friendly.

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5 months ago