Lafayette Reservoir Nature Trail

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Lafayette Reservoir Nature Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles 157 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Park at the main entrance staging area to Lafayette Reservoir


2 days ago


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1 month ago

trail running


2 months ago

hiking

Lafayette Reservoir RIM trail:
This is definitely the more challenging and time consuming of the two walks/hikes here. I would get an early start if a warm day due to exposure. Very hilly, gravelly....Great work out. Keeps dogs on leash!
Wouldn't advise in wet or damp weather.


2 months ago

walking

If I have done this once, I have done this 1000 times. This is in my own back yard, Lafayette. This is very east, a quick "just shy" 3 miles around. We actually start this endeavor in town, walk down Mt. Diablo Blvd and up into the Reservoir staging area, and then go around. I would go early to avoid the walking traffic, but a very pleasant, chatty crowd. Lots of seniors, children, power walkers and dogs. Great way to kick start a morning!


2 months ago

hiking

Great trail for all levels. Paved area leads you out of the parking lot (pay to park $3.00/2 hrs) and to multiple trail heads. Take the trail on the left at the 0.25 mile mark, for a more challenging hike with inclines, or stay on the paved 2.75 mile loop. The paved road has a few areas where you can turn off and take some detours with steep inclines. Great views from the top! It was fairly crowded on a Saturday, and difficult to find parking, but once you're on the trails, it's worth it.


3 months ago

hiking

I really love this trail, amazing place to run or hike! If you prefer to challenge yourself, definitely do the 4.69 upper Rim trail which is all dirt and up and down hills, it is softer on your feet if you are a runner. The lakeside trail is paved and much easier to run or walk on. Both trails have phenomenal views and nature sounds! Overall a great place to hike or run.


3 months ago

walking

Nice stroll around lake edge, up the top it's rather like walking through porridge if it's been raining, fun but slippery


3 months ago

Loved this hike. Have a few spare hours? Easy morning hike! The paved way is definitely easier around the reservoir than the trail up into the hills but both are beautiful in it's own way! Challenge yourself and go clockwise up. I find it more challenging. Or go counter clockwise for an easier climb.


3 months ago

Easy


3 months ago

Very crowded down near the lake but less so up on the rim trail. Fairly bland scenery, but a nice easy walk.


4 months ago

hiking

Excellent midday walk!


4 months ago

hiking

Awesome! Easy not so much some steep hills and great workout! Love it!


5 months ago

Nice trail for great leg workout. Steep declines 8-9 in some spots and 5s for inclines.


6 months ago

It was slippery and not well sign posted but beautiful and very quiet compared to the paved loop around the reservoir.


6 months ago

hiking


6 months ago

walking

Nice walk with the dog. Just a couple of slight hills. Trail around lake is paved. There are also trails that lead off into the hills- unsaved. Parking costs $$. Annual membership available.


6 months ago

hiking

While this is a great trail - it is misnamed. The lower trail (here) is the Lakeside Nature Trail.
The Upper Rim Trail is a completely different experience. Dirt fire trail, crazy hilly, and 2 miles longer.


6 months ago

Busy and beautiful!