Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

MODERATE 177 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

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.

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13 days ago

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.

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trail running
17 days ago

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.

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27 days ago

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

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1 month ago

It's a good workout 5mi 90min

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