Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

MODERATE 358 reviews

Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, 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.

4.9 miles
915 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

paddle sports

trail running



wild flowers



This loop around Lafayette Reservoir on the Rim Trail, with great bird-watching opportunities and several high points affording 360-degree views, is a great introduction to the parklands administered by the EBMUD. NOTE: This route is almost impassable during wet weather due to mud. There is a parking fee. No horses, dogs or skateboarding. Bikes and roller skates are allowed. Open Tues and Thurs,12 P.M. to closing. Sunday mornings, opens at 11 A.M.

19 hours ago

Really great views, but be prepared for some very steep hills that undulate up and down consistently throughout the hike. Bring lots a water. Lots of options to cut the loop short and link up to the paved reservoir loop path below if you keep an eye out - a good option if you need some shade and easier terrain.

11 days ago

Fantastic local hike with great views

14 days ago

Great moderate walking trail, completely paved with excellent views of the Lafayette Reservoir. All doggies big and small or leashed. And all of them were friendly. Drinking fountains along the way-clean out houses – benches. Next time I go I will take a picnic lunch, sit to view the Lafayette reservoir.

29 days ago

Did it my friend and were in all wrap coz of little shade. It was a nice area and hilly.

1 month ago

Great for a tough hilly run! The second hill (around 2 miles) is the hardest section, but around that are some great rolling hills

2 months ago

We started from Paseo Grande Trailhead, hiked up to the Jeep Trail, then to the Rim Trail around the Lafeyette Reservoir. The total distance was 5.2 miles but has some very steep climbs. It was a good hike with some pleasant view.

3 months ago

We hiked the Rim Trail here today for our first visit. It was a great workout for me with a few very steep ups and downs. I think it’s best to do this hike before the summer heat since there is not much shade. The green rolling hills and wildflowers were beautiful!

4 months ago

Great trail for an active workout.

4 months ago

Lots of rolling up and downs. Path is well groomed but some of the hills are pretty intense

5 months ago

A fair number of elevation changes. One killer hill. Great views of Lafayette Reservoir and Mt Diablo. A shorter, paved path directly around the Reservoir is nice for a leisurely stroll.

6 months ago

Muddy in the rainy season so be prepared with the right shoes, but so beautiful and unpredictable in the right amount! It was a good work out too!! Started on the right side facing the reservoir, at 3:20pm and completed just at sunset.

6 months ago

Started on the right side

trail running
7 months ago

I love this run esp around sunrise or sunset. Pretty challenging with lovely views.

7 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

Dec-2017: This trail is awesome for hill and interval training. It is accurately moderate for the avid runner/hiker. The trail is dry, not too rocky. The views of the reservoir and surrounding hills are refreshing on a brisk sunrise hike. Not too many people early in the morning, especially along the upper rim, you’ll find you have the trail all to yourself. Except of course, the occasional fox will trot by or flock of turkeys making their parade. Definitely a great local trail to regularly visit.

7 months ago

Great hike with some moderately challenging slopes!

7 months ago

Great hike! Terrific views.

9 months ago

Decided to challenge myself after walking the Reservoir a few times. Gets a little slippery on the really steep parts, but totally doable for a newbie. Great views and easy trail to follow.

11 months ago

Great hike, a good combination of sun and shade, some good steep inclines, with flats and downward, pretty views of the reservoir.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Not for Mountain Bikes. Description needs to be updated here.

Monday, June 26, 2017

trail running
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Some steep hills and not much shade so bring plenty of water. If you've done the reservoir loop and want more of a challenge this is for you. Great views of the reservoir and Mt Diablo.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I think this is a tough walk; there are 4 serious hills. With that being said, I LOVE that we have this so near us to do.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Great, challenging hike with very steep inclines. Exposed, not much shade around the Rim Trail. Not sure why this says no dogs - dogs are allowed all throughout the Lafayette Reservoir area but just must be on a leash.

trail running
Saturday, May 06, 2017

I run/hike the rim all the time because it's so darn convenient. It backs up to a neighborhoods a majority of the time, so it doesn't feel like a hike proper, but it's my go-to place as it's close to home. The steepest hill is rough from either direction... long with kinder grades (trailhead near parking lot entrance) v. short & *steep* to the peak (trailhead near lot exit). The view of Mt. Diablo & Briones are lovely + there are usually turkey & deer out in the evening :) I run it in about 65-70 min & hike it with 8lb pack in about 95 min. Adding the sunset trail (the 0.4 area not included on trail map) gives you a little more hill. You can also take trails down to the shore trail and back up again, adding miles and a change of scenery... there are five altogether, three of which are marked.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Always had a great work out here!! Love this trail.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

It's a good workout 5mi 90min

Sunday, April 09, 2017

this trail is beautiful. there is one brutal hill but no worries there is a bench at the top :). bring your water and have fun.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Sections of the Rim Trail are very steep. Views on a clear day are impressive. Best bet for a good hike is on a sunny cool day.

trail running
Monday, March 27, 2017

LOVE this trail, I use the PERFECT 5 mile loop from car back to car to train for Spartan races. Going left (from facing the reservoir from the parking lot) gives you what some call "Cardiac Hill" - you'll know it when you see it, then a gentle downhill for the remainder of the hike, with a couple little uphills thrown in there for funsies.

The other direction is a more mild hike, with more gradual hills and at least three really steep downhills, so knees beware.

There IS a water fountain at the top about halfway through the trial from either direction, but I always carry water just in case.

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