Bon Tempe Lake Loop is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Fairfax, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.1 miElevation gain209 ftRoute typeLoop
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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.

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jennifer kim
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LOVED the hike around the lake! Half of trial is open with trail close to water and the other half is inside the shaded trees. Really beautiful.

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Sandra Azevedo
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Nice little hike, clear trail paths but not many posts to guide. Overall pretty and if you start early you’ll get one side of the lake in the shade and the other when the sun is out. Easy enough for kids! From start to finish it was about 5 miles.

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Jessica M
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WalkingBugsFeeRocky

Trail was super easy and very beautiful. One half of the trail is shaded and the other is exposed to sun. Super important to pay those $8 or you’ll get a ticket.

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Cindy C
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Hiking

Easy trail with great views around the lake. We parked at Bon Tempe lot vs lagunitas which has picnic tables. Over 5 mile loop so can be deceiving. $8 for parking. Will come back for sure!

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Brian Casey
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Nice flat stroll around a beautiful lake. Saw a cool osprey nest on the south side. Lots of wildflowers!

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Kristen Berman
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It’s perfect for running

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John Foottit III
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Rosanna Lerma
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Cold but quiet and beautiful

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Darrin Tinsley
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beautiful lake very green landscape not too muddy

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Rosana Aguilar​
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Rose Fitzsimmons
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Matthew Murray
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Beautiful! Definitely recommend going earlier in the morning because it gets popular.

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Jaime Huppert
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Kathleen Schick
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michael O'Donnell
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easy stroll around the lake. different life on each side

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Christopher Leonard
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Rachel Lott
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Very calm and peaceful views, parking fee of $8. Easy hike with lots of people fishing

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Rabina Koirala
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Rachel Steinberg
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An easy hike around the lake. Quiet and reflective moments. When I went it wasn’t too crowded. Dog on leashes, and kid friendly.

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Tim Howarth
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Heavily trafficked trail with lots of fishing opportunities and still plenty of space to spread out along the shore of the lake. Very easy with little elevation gain. One side is sunny and the other is shady. Enjoyable by all accounts if you're after a casual but moderately lengthy stroll.

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Dennys Melinte
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Christopher Leonard
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Karthikeyan Reddy
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We went for a hike on New Year Day. it is an ideal easy hike for an afternoon which is kids friendly. My 7 year old daughter enjoyed it thoroughly. The first half of the hike is shaded and is filled with beautiful moss covered trees. After half way, the hike leads to open path with beautiful views of the lake. We watched, what we believe to be an osprey, catch a fish from the lake and fly away. We took 3 hours to cover the loop of 4.5 miles, but that was because we stopped at many spots for my kid to relax and play. I will definitely visit again.

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Matt Johnston
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