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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
915 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

lake

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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
3 days ago

If you don't mind the noise there are a couple pretty good hills to climb and get a workout in. Freeway noise is kind of too much for me. Redwood, Tildon, Briones or Valle Vista - much better hikes, less people.

26 days ago

the perfect level of difficulty and time

hiking
1 month ago

Park on the Moraga side and hike down for no parking fee, more fun anyway. My fav hike in the area

trail running
1 month ago

I Originally planned to run one easy lap on the 5 mile rolling hill loop, but being that it was only 80 degrees out and overcast, went for two laps at ten miles. Great quad/hamstring/glute and calve stressing mountain trail! There were only two other people that were walking the trail. Extremely lightly trafficked!

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Some very steep hills. Great for exercising! Over all a wonderful sunday morning workout.

2 months ago

I’ve walked this trail many times. There are two steep climbs

trail running
2 months ago

Don’t underestimate this trail. It is intense with steep climbs which makes for a great workout.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Its relatively moderate unless you are running the trail. Perfect distance. Not too long or short. Bring plenty of water and enjoy this gorgeous trail!!

2 months ago

Nice, nearby hike with one steep section. Probably best to go in the early morning and not anytime after it has rained as it would be tough on the downhill.

2 months ago

Tough with steep hills. Go in the early morning.

3 months ago

Beautiful and lightly challenging.

4 months 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.

4 months ago

Fantastic local hike with great views

4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months 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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
7 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!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for an active workout.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Started on the right side

trail running
11 months ago

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

walking
11 months ago

trail running
11 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.

11 months ago

Great hike with some moderately challenging slopes!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Terrific views.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

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