Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

MODERATE 168 reviews

Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail is a 5 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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 hour ago

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

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hiking
12 days ago

It's a good workout 5mi 90min

hiking
18 days ago

18 days ago

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.

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26 days ago

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.

30 days ago

trail running
1 month ago

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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