Looking for a great trail in Lake Chabot Regional Park, California? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Lake Chabot Regional Park ranging from 2.9 to 11.8 miles and from 242 to 1,151 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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In Anthony Chabot Regional Park visitors can explore miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves or along the shores of Lake Chabot. Lake Chabot features opportunities for boating, biking, fishing and picnicking. Swimming and water contact is not permitted since the lake serves as a backup water supply for the East Bay. The park hosts annual fishing derbies, and there are many fishing piers along the shoreline. Mountain biking is also a popular park activity, as the park features a bike loop above and around the lake, as well as an adventurous hiking loop that follows much of the shoreline. The marina area lawns and play areas make it a popular spot to have a family picnic or barbecue with friends. Park Hours: 6am to sunset (varies seasonally) Fees: Parking: $5/vehicle, $4/trailered vehicle, $25/bus. Dogs: $2/dog. Guide/service dogs free.

Good quick loop that has a bit of climb. Go counter clockwise so the harder climb is in the shade. Lots of forks so the map helped out. Last half is around the paved trail around the lake so it’s easy and well trafficked. Can finish in 1 - 1.5 hrs.

This was a nice trail with great views of the lake. There are paved portions of the hike on the East Shore Trail. I would grade this hike as easy/moderate, with the moderate portions being on the Indian Cove trail.

10 days ago

Nice, wide trail. Shaded from Redwood Rd to the top of the mountain. Lots of nature oaks and views of tree-laden hillsides.

Dunn / Golden Spike / MacDonald / Grass Valley / Brandon / Live Oak / Cameron / Proctor *Bay Area Ridge Trail - Bort Meadow to Chabot Staging Area* Starting at Joaquin Miller at Skyline Boulevard off the 39 bus, I took Dunn Trail down through Serpentine Prairie to Golden Spike Trail and began descending through gorgeous winding redwood corridors with lots of shade before taking a wrong turn and ended up on Redwood Road. Walked along Redwood Road until MacDonald Trail (there is a lot of strewn rubbish along this road!), whereupon a climb of 600 feet over a mile began. This was quite hard work on the sandy trail, but once up on the ridge the views over the very lush Grass Valley Creek are amazing. This also has little shade until the trail descends back into the valley. Crossing the Stone Bridge meant taking Brandon Trail for its slight shade rather than following Grass Valley Trail which looked to be more open. This stretch is a fire trail so is wide and soon reaches the intersection with Jackson Grade Trail up to Grass Valley Road (this is a good point to halve this long overall route, see note at end) Brandon Trail beyond Stone Bridge steeply and sandily ascends for a good 500 feet or so. Tree cover here is low so facing the sun as I did felt rather punishing. But soon enough I reached the crest where there's a cute bench (with a view of... trees). There's a flattish stretch from here through dense eucalypts that opens out onto wide views of the South Bay and even has glimpses of Mission Peak. Around here were my only sightings of other hikers/cyclists. I'd loaded this route into my AllTrails app and it wasn't until afterwards that I realised I went on a bit of a detour from the suggested Bay Area Ridge Trail route - instead of staying on Brandon Trail, I took Live Oak Trail down and around the Willow Creek golf course and then up and around Proctor Trail. Views from Live Oak Trail are stunning as you can see Lake Chabot and even the bay beyond the forested ridges. Circling the golf course includes passing a stunning deep Hayward Faultline, crossing a thin elevated walkway over the boggy lakeside area, and also a rather shaded yet steep incline. I'm glad I took this varied, scenic route. Reaching Redwood Road I was met with the sound and sight of multiple noisy lorries towing huge carriages and then walked down into Castro Valley along the road to catch the 28 bus to BART. ***This section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail can be split in two by ending/starting at Jackson Grade Trail at Skyline Boulevard, from which the hourly 46L bus has a nearby stop***

Great trail. Good views. A nice balance of hills and flats:

Today is super hot like hell, but my gals did great to finish 5 Mile hike. The trail was half shade half sunlight which is not as hard as I thought, everything was under control, remember to bring sunblock, sunglasses, cap and lots of water are necessary.

Such a beautiful gem! The lake and hills in the background are gorgeous when viewed from a higher point. (Just avoid the geese, heh... and their poo when you’re down at the low points by the picnic areas, etc.)

Not full loop; from marina did just a 3.5 mi out and back, to just past the dam. Great hike when time is more limited. Beautiful views and not crowded on a Monday afternoon.

It’s actually 9.1 miles if you do the full loop. Easy paved trail.

amazing trail. Lots of scenic views of the lake

My favorite trail for running in the bay and training for half marathons. Gentle rolling hills that still challenge you throughout. I drive a ways to run here but it’s worth it.

Nice hike, it’s gets prettier after passing the paved section as it becomes more scenic with nature and you get better views of the lake as well.

Trees down right after you make the right onto Columbine trail.

Loop around the lake is long 8+ miles. And it’s got some elevation so it isn’t a stroll in the park. Really good workout. Half of the Trail is paved and wide. The other half is through a forested canyon and the trails narrow to a barely 2 person width on dirt. Lots of forks/off shoots so I really had to use this app to keep from going off course. It saved me at least 3 different times. Jogged some of the flats and hiked any elevation. Got done in 3.25 hours. Nice nature viewing but very heavily trafficked Trail.

Beautiful paved route that’s great for running or walking. Connects to other trails too.

Not much shade. Allows you to walk along the lake on the 2nd half of the hike, which is always nice.

Nice trail. it's nice when it opens up to pasture land and rises above the oaks. rest of the trail was a little dusty but mellow walk. Only saw three other hikers and three mountain bikers.

Went on a thursday around mid day and did not run into too many people. Really good hike if from the bay. Not a bad hike when it’s hot because quite a bit of the hike is shaded.

Lake chabot Indian cove trail, easy 3 mile trail, started off with paved walk then some shady trees off trail, a few uphill climb then back to the main lake chabot paved trail.

2 months ago

Went In the early morning in August—was cloudy and foggy. A few great vistas, some wildlife and a few epic trees.

Hiking with Matt and April.

Good to go early because can get crowded...and warm! Took me 2 hours and 30 minutes..

Not a bad trail. A little steep in some spots. Some areas of the trail are wide open with little to no shade and that was a bit hot. Would suggest starting this hike on a cool morning. One good thing is the trail comes right up into the campground where you can refill your water if necessary (which we did!) there are also restrooms in the campground if you need it ;-) The views of the lake and the bay were nice.

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