Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

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Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area

Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 915 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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 East Bay Municipal Utility District. There is a parking fee. The park is open every day including holidays. Park hours vary month to month: January: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM February: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM March: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM April: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM May: 6:00 AM - 8:30 PM June/July: 6:00 AM -9:00 PM August: 6:00 AM - 8:30 PM September: 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM October: 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM November: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM December: 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM

hiking
bugs
no shade
4 days ago

Good trail but very exposed with almost no shade

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

Hard! But great. Tons of awesome views, lots of trees and fresh air. Plenty of steep hills but great exercise. It gets hot so bring water! And as always, bring a mask and keep distance between people.

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

This is a tough expressly hilly hike, we did it clockwise and had to climb up most of the hills at their steepest, counter clockwise might be easier but then the downs will be steep. Was a great workout but tough on a hot sunny day.

Great local park/trail around the reservoir. Walked during the sunset, which was great. Very steep but short hills - def wear hiking shoes.

hiking
rocky
17 days ago

Great trail with nice views all around. Not very much shade. Some of the sections are quite steep, but don’t last for very long.

Main parking was closed due to Covid but still was able to head in. The rim trail was the only one open at the time so took that one and it was great! Some shade, and a few hills made it a nice workout for a Saturday morning. Pup and I didn’t go all the way around but took about 2.5 miles in and turned back around. Great little hike though!

Great views, very enjoyable hike. Main park entrance is closed d/t COVID-19. Look for alternate trailheads (yellow dots on the map).

hiking
bugs
fee
no shade
2 months ago

Really pretty views and a nice challenge. Not a lot of shade and on a sunny warm day the sun can beat down so keep in mind for dog friends :)

Great hike, especially if you’re getting back into shape after the holidays! I modified the route a bit since I was short on time. Safe to complete on your own too. Plenty of friendly people and cute pups!

Path is nice and easy for the most part. There are some ruts. Wear the right shoes. I did it in Teva sandals. Some steep hills so plan for that.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views. Challenging at times. Enough people but not too many. Dog friendly :)

hiking
3 months ago

I don't quite see how the trail is rated as moderate?! there are some points in the trail where you run into very steep camel hump type terrain. Make sure you wear some really good hiking shoes and walking poles would be a good suggestion. The views are spectacular. I would not recommend this for bringing young children as it is pretty hilly terrain. Bring plenty of water and snacks would not be too bad either while you enjoy the view.

walking
3 months ago

Great trail with views of the Lafayette Reservoir. A place to get in shape for hikes. 5 miles around.

Nice hilly hike. Some hills challenging.

hiking
muddy
private property
3 months ago

This trail is a calorie burning butt kicker!

Great weekend hike and fewer people than around the reservoir. A longer hike with great places to stop and take in the views of the Lamorinda area and east bay. Started on the western side which had a much hillier start than the east side. The reservoir requires payment for parking but there are plenty of streets that back up to the trail you can park on. Some of the eastern hills are a little washed out

running
4 months ago

Came here to run but ended up missing the upper trail and ran mostly on the inside paved loop. We popped back up on the upper trail but it was way to steep up and down (for us) to run. A couple of loops on the inside around the reservoir made for a great run with some manageable sloping up and down hills. Parking max 2 hours for $1.50, but can reup for more time.

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

hiking
fee
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

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