Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

MODERATE 134 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.

9 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience here!

walking
23 days ago

One of my favs for a booty burner

hiking
29 days ago

During this rainy Sunday we hiked along the Lafayette Reservoir for two laps; each 2.7 miles for a total of 5.4 miles (under 3 hours). We were fortunate and had a break in the rain. So an "umbrella" hike with no umbrella was needed, very enjoyable.

trail running
1 month ago

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

rails trails
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

Dogs are allowed on a leash per EBMUD policy:

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

1 month ago

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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.

4 months ago

4 months ago