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.
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.
Always had a great work out here!! Love this trail.
It's a good workout 5mi 90min
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.
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.
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.