Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail

MODERATE 246 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
908 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

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.

trail running
2 days ago

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

walking
3 days ago

trail running
7 days 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.

21 days ago

Great hike with some moderately challenging slopes!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike! Terrific views.

hiking
2 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Not for Mountain Bikes. Description needs to be updated here.

5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

Some steep hills and not much shade so bring plenty of water. If you've done the reservoir loop and want more of a challenge this is for you. Great views of the reservoir and Mt Diablo.

6 months ago

I think this is a tough walk; there are 4 serious hills. With that being said, I LOVE that we have this so near us to do.

hiking
7 months 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.

trail running
7 months 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

It's a good workout 5mi 90min

8 months 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.

8 months 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.

trail running
8 months 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.

8 months ago

I got engaged here. This will always be 5 stars.

hiking
8 months ago

It's a good exercise 5 mile loop all hill

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