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Kent Lake via Candalero Canyon Trail Loop

MODERATE 55 reviews
#16 of 77 trails in

Kent Lake via Candalero Canyon Trail Loop is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairfax, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

6.5 miles
1,679 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running

bird watching




wild flowers


5 days ago

Great hike! Drove 45 mins from Oakland with my girlfriend and dog. Was a nice change of scenery from our usual Berkeley Hills. The whole loop took us about 4 hours with stopping for a picnic at Kent Lake. The lake has an admittedly disappointing amount of shoreline, but if explore there’s flat spots to sit. Like others are saying the trailhead is about 100 feet past where it’s noted on AllTrails. This loop is also a little over 8 miles, definitely not 6.5.

7 days ago

Nice hike! I was looking for something moderate difficulty that was dog friendly and this hike was perfect. Took us a little over 3 hours out and back. Trail is very shaded most of the way and the lake at the end is really beautiful, though there isn't much of a shoreline once you get there.

Note: We followed the GPS coordinates from Alltrails to the trailhead and it was a little confusing. The actual trailhead is another 100 yards past where you can park and around a bend. If you're at the junction of 3 roads (Tamarack, Juniper, and Hemlock) then you're in the right place. There's no parking area you just have to find a parking on the side of the road.

4 months ago

does anyone recall where the sundial is located on this hike? its an old stone Indian sundial which is off the trail itself. I think its on the ridge part above Forest Knolls.

4 months ago

Just a heads up the trail map at the trail head is different than the one posted here, so pick one or the other to follow.

Saw some nice doggos!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Really nice hike, lots of steep uphills with rewarding end at the lake- went on a Saturday in February and there was no one else at the lake when we got there. We did somehow take a wrong turn on the way back and ended up walking back to the trailhead via the road, so take care with directions.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

this is a great hike! I turned on my GPS tracker and it's 9 miles. be aware of that!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Would like to keep this one a secret but that is not what we do on All Trails - great hike. BTW - at least 8 miles. Not much parking and be prepared to drive on a few one lane roads in a residential area to get to the TH. A lot of variety on the trail + also some ups & downs but well worth it. Didnt see anyone on the trail. I made two small changes to the original trail 1) when you get closer to the lake, the original map has you going left on Grassy Knoll - go right on Continental Cove. You go up a little however there is a stretch of about a 1/2 mile that is just amazing - so Green even when everything in the Bay is Brown/Gold. This trail also connects back to the lake and Grassy Knoll 2) Near the end of the hike before you go down Candace Canyon - keep going (maybe 2 minutes) to Manzanita Fire road for some great views of the Hills. Double back and connect on CC trail. One down side - no great views of the lake but still a great hike

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Did this trail a few weeks ago- enjoyed the variation in scenery. Got to see a beautiful osprey tending to its chicks in one of the high trees on the way down to Kent Lake.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My friends and I loved this trail. It was a bit confusing to get started, and it was longer than 6.5 miles, but well worth it.

Best places to park for the trailhead on the map is at the entrance to the fire road off of Cortez Ave, or at the end of Tamarack Rd. You walk about 5 min on the fire roads to the trail head.

The total trail was 9 miles. It took us about 3 hours. Most of the trail is shaded which was awesome.

When you get to the fork of the two trails, I would suggest going right as it seems to be and easier climb and then right onto the other trail on the way back.

I would say this is a solid intermediate. Bring a good amount of water, and some snacks to enjoy by the lake.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pretty fun hike, very wooded, only saw 3 people on the trail and it was on a weekend in the middle of summer. The lake is super nice and really warm, kind of a bummer there's no swimming there. One thing to note, there's a lot of uphill and downhill in both the ascent and descent. So amount of time up and back are pretty much the same. It took my wife, dog and I 4.5 hours roundtrip. We spent about of those 45 minutes eating lunch at the lake. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This area is great for hiking and fishing. dogs on leash only, and no swimming in the lake. you are able to jump in down at the ink wells, near the parking area.

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