Bon Tempe Lake Loop

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Bon Tempe Lake Loop is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near Greenbrae, California that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

Bon Tempe Lake provides a wide variety of activities. The north side offers an open area, while the other sides offers trails that travel through wooded areas. The dam has a great view of both Bon Tempe Lake and Alpine lake as well as the surrounding mountains including Mt. Tam.

This hike is a gem! It’s an easy hike, no elevation changes, with beautiful views lol the way around.

10 days ago

Easy and gorgeous. Takes 1.5-2 hours.

hiking
22 days ago

Big fan of this straightforward loop trail. Gorgeous scenery, varied terrain, sparse population, easy parking, no bikes, roughly half of the loop is shaded, and easy to follow with the perimeter of the lake as our guide.

A few important things to note:
-DO NOT MISS the ticket machine by the ranger kiosk at the entrance to the Mt Tamalpais Watershed area! It's about 2 miles from the Lake Lagunitas Parking Lot and trailhead for this loop. We were unfortunately not paying attention, missed the ticket machines, and had to drive all the way back out the windy Sky Oaks Rd to purchase the $8 parking permit (and the machines don't give change!). Worth it, as you can get slapped with a worse fine otherwise.
-Watch out for tons of red- and green-leafed poison oak in the late summer! If you stay in the middle of the trail you'll be mostly okay, but there are a lot of stray tendrils so high socks or long pants recommended.
-No bikes allowed, which is nice for pedestrians, but be alert for trail runners, horses (and horse poop), and bees.

Enjoy the loop! Lovely photo spots along the way and not too bad in terms of incline, though the whole lake perimeter felt definitely longer than 3.7 miles. Bring a hat and water bottle for the sunny days.

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful loop trail, easy and scenic.

3 months ago

Saturday June 23. Sky Oaks Road is closed due to HIGH fire warning.

3 months ago

Great Hike. Felt longer than 3.7 miles

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely love this hike! It's easy and very little traffic. Goes through lots of different kinds of landscapes. The views of the lake are stunning.

4 months ago

Great easy hike for families - varied landscape - beautiful pasture hills with wildflowers and then magical redwood forest. Good for dogs too

5 months ago

Good for trail running...

9 months ago

Easy fun loop that we can take the pup along. Half shady, half sun. Take the sunny side first so you're not facing the sun while walking.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

Excellent, peaceful long walk around the water. Half the hike was sunny and half shaded. The breeze on the lake makes this an easy and enjoyable walk.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pretty flat trail looping around the lake. The trail was pretty rocky and had lots of roots sticking up in places. Well maintained and definitely quite beautiful. A few port-a-potties available along the route. Half the trail was in the shade and the other half in the sun with a nice breeze blowing. Went with two 5-year-olds, and somehow it took 6 hours! We did stop for lunch for an hour and little pit stops at some of the "beaches." It felt much longer than 4 miles. We saw wild turkeys, deer, ducks, herons, buzzards, and lizards, most with babies in tow, which were adorable. I am worn out, but I would come back again. Parked on Rocky Ridge Rd near the dam between Alpine and Bon Tempe lakes. There was a machine on the way in that took cash or credit cards for the $8 parking fee and spit out a receipt to display on your dash. Easy.

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great, easy hike. Very beautiful. As a warning - they are very strict on leash law!! Only downfall is all this beautiful water that you can't swim in. $8 to park.

trail running
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Nice run or walk. Fairly flat so I wouldn't call it a hike. Over half is in the shade. $8 to park. Very scenic lake.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great hike. Partially shaded.

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