Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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.
Challenging hills and beautiful views. Pushes me to the limit but no further.
Beautiful and challenging! Definitely wear good hiking boots and bring a camera. Maybe hiking poles too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy and scenic trail. Kids friendly.
Nice scenic easy trail around the reservoir. Kids friendly.
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.
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!
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.