Explore the most popular trails in Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hours: January 7:00 am – 5:30 pm February 7:00 am – 6:00 pm March 7:00 am – 6:30 pm (7:30 pm during DST*) April 6:00 am – 8:00 pm May 6:00 am – 8:30 pm June/July 6:00 am – 9:00 pm August 6:00 am – 8:30 pm September 6:00 am – 8:00 pm October 7:00 am – 7:00 pm November 7:00 am – 6:30 pm (5:30 pm after DST*) December 7:00 am – 5:30 pm

14 days ago

Discovered this beautiful place today. There were a lot of people there, but it’s good because it makes me feel safe.

Pros: well maintained, paved, shady, scenic moments. Ample parking, dog friendly. Cons: very crowded on the weekend. If you’re looking for solitude in nature, this isn’t the place. Paid parking.

no shade
off trail
1 month ago

wish there was more signage. couldn't figure out how to add an additional hour on the parking meter. just put 2 one hour passes on the dash.

Fire roads so steep in places - would be slippery in wet conditions. But nice to get off the paved trail.

a great workout, several short, steep parts.

It’s so nice to walk this in the mornings. I ran/walked it this time. I think next time when I run it, I’ll go the opposite way. (This time I went towards the recreational area first)

Sunday morning hike. Not many people on the trail. 10/13/2019

I do this loop all the time. It’s best in the morning. Perfect for a relaxed walk with kids and pets. You’ll never see a snake on the path.

Great exercise

Started at 1:30. Lots of people in the picnic area but only a few up top on the rim. 9/29/19.

beautiful but pricey

Arrived at 9am on a Sunday and the parking lot was 80% full. Nice weekend hike in the morning. 9/22/19

Great trail for getting into shape for backpacking. Best done in the early morning. Plenty of trail off-shoot trails if you want to make a shorter loop than the almost 5 miles.

So much exposure on hot days! It’s 104 today and uggggg

$7 for parking! ridiculous

Really love this walk. Done both paved, and dirt portions of this trail. Recently took the pup with me, but sadly there wasn't enough shade for her (ended up carrying her a portion of the way). Other than that it has beautiful views, and a nice breeze!

Believe this is a full 5 miles. Great hike. Clockwise has some very steep long hills.

no shade
3 months ago

Fire road around the outside rim of the reservoir. Good for power climbing short steep inclines. Start early in summer and can be slippery on steep inclines/declines in winter. Parking is available for free at some side streets or walk from downtown...

Great hike especially for early morning. Well marked and well traveled trail/fire road. A couple a good inclines to get the heart going. NO shade so best to do when not hot out.

no shade
4 months ago

They’re doing trial maintenance along the rim trail so you have to take a detour. Also you have to pay for parking which is absolute cheese

Sunday morning walk around the paved loop. 7/28/19

Went CCW mid-day on Sunday. It was very hot with minimal shade coverage. Trail was a fat-burner for sure with very steep inclines and descents -- need good grip shoes to prevent slipping and sliding. Light traffic and few dogs along the way with benches overlooking the reservoir to stop.

We do this trail wherever we feel like doing a short, easy hike in good weather. Paved trail, with lots of restrooms along the way. Nice views of the lake and trees all along the route. You do have to pay for parking.

This is a family favorite for a weekend walk. It's challenging enough that you're going to sweat, but not so hard that it lands you with unhappy kids. We start at the parking lot, head towards the paddle boats, and finish the loop at the playground. The kids always manage to find their second wind once the play structures are within sight. The trail is paved with a decent amount of shade to give you some cover on the hot days. It can get busy. There's potable water along the trail but I'm not sure I'd trust it -- we usually bring liter each.

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