Lafayette Ridge Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Lafayette Ridge Trail is a 6.4 mile out and back trail located near Lafayette, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.4 miles 1368 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

wild flowers

Hike following Lafayeete Ridge Trail up to gorgeous views on Russel Peak at 1357'

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike that gets a little too much mountain bikes in the mix during high use days. It's much better to do a loop. If you pick up a map it's easily done.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this! Hike it once/week!
Stay away during wet weather. Also, there are cows grazing in here, be mindful!

hiking
3 months ago

Went on a sunny, windy Saturday, saw a fair amount of people with large dogs, plus groups of mountain bikers, but it didn't feel too busy. VERY nice ranger reminded us to keep dog from chasing cattle, especially the calves. I wish there was a way to know where exactly to expect the herds in parks. This route is beautiful, fairly easy, and has shade on and off but no water. Needs more picnic spots, and the bathrooms along the trail were closed.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of fun!

3 months ago

Fun hike. lots of ups and downs.

hiking
4 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago

I probably hike this at least once/month. Great workout, meaners and an east pitch to start then really picks ups steepness with short breaks. The views are spectacular. I think I take a picture every time I am up there! For a varied workout, we drop down the Springhill trail to the end of Springhill Rd., then take Springhill Rd back to Pl Hill Rd for a great loop.

hiking
7 months ago

Good steep incline for about 2.5 miles; excellent workout.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy out and back with nice views

hiking
2 years ago

Great view of the north and south peaks of Mt. Diablo while ascending the first mile. Once you reach the top you will pass by a few private homes and be rewarded with incredible views of Briones and all cities from Martinez to Orinda. It was a nice cool day for my hike and there are currently lots of California Poppies in bloom. I wouldn't want to hike this trail on a hot day as there is not much coverage on top of the ridge.

hiking
6 years ago

It was a blustery day to be hiking the ridge. The fog was still in and visibility was poor. There are a number of exits off the trail which can decrease or increase a hike depending on one's mood. This day I went to the end of the ridge trail and looped around Briones Crest and Seaborg trails and returned to the ridge and down the Buckeye to a waiting car.