Lafayette Reservoir Nature Trail

EASY 51 reviews

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

9 days 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
12 days 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
13 days 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
18 days 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
22 days ago

Easy and scenic trail. Kids friendly.

walking
1 month ago

Nice scenic easy trail around the reservoir. Kids friendly.

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trail running
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hiking
3 months ago

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.

walking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

walking
4 months ago

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

4 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.

4 months ago

Easy

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent midday walk!

hiking
5 months ago

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