Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Lake Chabot Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The last half of this hike is the wide and often dusty Brandon trail. On busy days mountain bikers come careening around corners — be prepared. It’s an interesting loop and I’m happy somebody put it together but I do feel that there are probably more creative and better loops for hiking this section of the park.

wonderful hike!

13 days ago

Nice breezes for a warm day, pretty smatterings of wild flowers and the front side was deserted. Second half of the loop on horseback/Brandon had more people (probably because it’s flatter).

Good civilized trail

26 days ago

Tranquil and scenic. Very well maintained trail and a lot of coverage of shades. It is a very comfortable hike even on a hot day. The 9 mile distance makes it a real work-out.

Pretty good bay area hike. The Bort meadow end of the trail has much less people. At 7:30 we had the first hour of the trail to ourselves, super nice, lots of birds to listen too. The Chabot portion of the trail had mountain bikers flying by with no regard for us but they need their space to do their thing too. I'd do this hike again just prefer quieter trails. Nice three hour hike.

We started at the Skyline Trail, followed the Columbine Trail, Quail Trail, Brandon Trail, and finally hiked back to the Skyline Trail. Total distance was 8.4 miles with elevation gain 1,155'. Total time was about three hours. It was a good hike.

trail running
1 month ago

My new weekly go to trail.

trail running
1 month ago

I've done this loop many times, both hiking and running. It's an excellent trail to run, just the right amount of challenge. Gorgeous views of the lake in some places. A nice mixture of sun and shade and excellent wildlife viewings. Love this trail - especially now that the dam is open again!

Clean, marked well, multiple challenging inclines, some scary narrow steep areas, finished in 2.5 hours running walking. Def would do it again

good little running trail

Family friendly flat Ezy walk you can ride your bike next to the water you can rent a boat you can also fish in the lake there’s parking on the street so you don’t have to pay the lot parking there’s also picnic area and BBQ pit

Perfect 1.5 hour hike with varied terrain and beautiful views.

The return 1/3 of the hike is definitely on the high end of moderate with the steep uphill climb, but totally doable. I went after a week of rain, so about 40 yards at the bottom at lake level were more creek than trail, but relatively easy to hop in most places. Horse poop at the top and accessible water at the bottom were a tad challenging to keep my off-leash dogs under control, though.

on Lake Chabot Trail

2 months ago

Great, very scenic trail. Thankful to live close enough to enjoy it often.

2 months ago

Was a fun trail took about 3 hours to complete. You get to see a great sight of SF through the trees. It was the first time actually going on a hike with my girl and my dog.

Most of this loop was paved concrete. Entered it via the marina dock as opposed to the trail head noted in the app. Very nice views of the lake.

3 months ago

Hiked the around the whole lake, it was beautiful. Not to strenuous, we started on the left side by the bathrooms/Marina and would do that again. It was shady and the incline was not to bad.
Going the other way we would of been in the sun during a steep dirt trail portion. Started at 8:30am done by 1:30pm. Stopped after mile 5 or so, found a nice bench with a view for lunch.

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

It is a very pretty trail.

Nice trail with varied terrain. Lots of bikes on some stretches of the trail.

I went on this hike today. It was a great way to spend the day. It was peaceful and beautiful.

Beautiful trail.

Very challenging but worth it.

6 months ago


Hiking with my dog.

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