Bon Tempe Trail

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Bon Tempe Trail is a 5.5 mile loop trail located near Fairfax, 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
813 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

hiking
5 months ago

Took two 5-year-olds, and we all loved it. They kept stopping to look at things, and we had lunch by the lake, so it took us 6 hours to complete! We saw wild turkeys, deer, giant hawks, and more. Beautiful views! Will definitely return. Little town near the entrance to the trail was super charming and looked like it had some great dining options. Will stop there for dinner afterward next time.

walking
6 months ago

Lovely, easy walk around the lake. Beautiful scenery. Easier to start on the shady side route (right at the fork).

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. We did the loop lots of interesting components wild flowers, views, lakes, streams, quaint little foot bridges, changes in elevation and terrain all in all lovely.

hiking
11 months ago

I did the loop a week after great storm. Some of path literally become stream and need extra judgment to pass. You need proper hiking boots to do this trail in wet muddy winter walk. it was pretty chilly and foggy morning but once we reached the alpine lake the view just amazing.

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This is a beautiful easy hiking trail, a lot of shade and not too long. You can make it longer if you want well maintained btw.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great maintained trails. Little poison oaky but not bad. My dog loved it, we went up to Kent Trail, it was a beautiful hike, just wished we could dive in that pristine water!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lovely hike with my dog.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Beautiful and easy trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 06, 2014

It's a little muddy, but overall a good hike around the lake! It's a pretty easy loop! The lake looks calm and the Scenery is nice. Dogs are allow for this trail with a leash.

hiking
Monday, May 13, 2013

The Bon Tempe is a flat, but somewhat moderate because of distance, loop around the lake. There are two main trails, the Sunnyside Trail and the Shadyside Trail (titles are accurate) that make up the loop. We started at the Sky Oaks (eastern) parking lot just north of the dam and made our way south along the Shadyside Trail and had lunch at the Lagunitas Picnic Area, a good half way point to take a load off.

This trail is great for kids and families, flat terrain, fishing in some designated areas, access to explore the water banks (no swimming), and great views the entire way. If you are an avid hiker, you might find it lacking in challenge but the lake views make up for it.

$8/carload keeps this place quiet and secluded, dogs on leash.

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