Lake Anza Trail

EASY 61 reviews
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Lake Anza Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Berkeley, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
141 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

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Loop trail that wraps around Lake Anza. An excellent spot for birdwatching, fishing, or going for a swim This is an easy trail that sees a lot of use on the weekends, mostly by families and people walking their dogs. Some parts are a bit technical, but it offers a nice view of the lake and connects with the Selby Trail along with a few others. Weekdays are best here, especially during the summer months.

15 days ago

Beautiful lake. Great picnic spot. Some rough patches.

3 months ago

Beginners luck! Mostly walking, a bit of climbing over roots and rocks, a babbling brook, beautiful views, not much traffic when the beach isn’t open. Got a bit lost at the end, as there is fencing separating the trail end from the trail beginning. Must go off the trail to arrive back onto the beach.

8 months ago

Fun for the family. Easy trail takes you right to the beach entrance. $2.50 for kids and & $3.50 for adults to swim.

11 months ago

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ok.. I hike often and I'm not quite sure why this is labeled as "easy". Maybe because it's short? Well, it's definitely more than a stroll in the woods. There is some rock climbing, some where you have to sit back and think about how you're going to get up there (at least I had to). I chose to hike this after all the rains we've been having, so the trail was extra muddy. People were warning me that they had fallen up ahead. Luckily my shoes are made for this because my kid and I (he was in a pack on my back) really would have fallen a few times if I didn't have grippy hiking shoes.

Overall, a really fun and beautiful trail with a gorgeous waterfall. I will do it again. But I was surprised at the level of intensity, based upon the other reviews.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Very easy all levels walk around small lake. There is also a supervised swimming area and fishing is allowed.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nice quick trail around small lake. Trail more challenging than first glance. One section, the trail about 6 inches - had to hold onto vine then step with one foot to cross.

Monday, August 01, 2016

some of these reviewers must be smoking something good. they don't know what they're talking about. this is a pretty but narrow and rocky trail around a pretty but small lake. no running laps on this trail, fool.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

very nice trail beautiful scenery trail was a little steep for me

Monday, July 04, 2016

Lake Anza was crowded given the holiday. We initially took a wrong turn and made an excursion on Wildcat Gorge trail for a while which was actually our favorite part.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Neat little barefoot walk

cross country skiing
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Great short trail around a small lake. Rocky roots can make it difficult at times if uneven footing is not your thing. Mostly flat and connects to other fire road trails

Monday, September 07, 2015

Really nice walk around the lake. Not too long but enough to feel like you've got out and about. There's a few spots where it gets a little rough but there were people with dogs and children so it's nothing too extreme.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easy, relaxing and super fun for kids. Pretty much shaded all way

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Lake Anza trail is an excellent hike! Challenging but not too strenuous - brought our kids (ages 7-14) and they really enjoyed it.

Believe the signs - rough trail ahead! There are a few areas that climbing is required - an the benches along the way were great!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Arrived to Inspiration Point with the intent to hike the Nimitz Way Trail. My hiking buddies decided to do a shorter hike. Ended up going down Currant Trail to Lake Anza then circle the lake and went back. We got side tracked for a moment but ended up back to Vista Point after a couple of hours. These trails are well maintained and they strategically placed benches at different parts. We sat down for a water rest at the lake donated in memory of an 8 year old boy who loved this lake. We loved it too.

trail running
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fun trail if you're looking for a short loop to run laps around. Do it on a weekday though, weekends the trail gets full of lake goers. The better way to do this is by doing the Selby-Lake Anza-Wildcat Gorge loop.

6 days ago

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