Lake Merritt

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Lake Merritt is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Oakland, California and is good for all skill levels. 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.

3.2 miles
13 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

road biking

trail running



Walk around Lake Merritt on the paved jogging path. This multi-use path rings the lake is popular among joggers.

1 month ago

There should be a ‘jogging’ category ‘cause that’s what this trail is. There are lots of migratory birds on the lake. Great slice of life view of Oakland.

3 months ago

No better way to see oakland than a walk or jog around the Lake

4 months ago

Relaxing walk!!

trail running
5 months ago

My favorite jogs in Oakland, it's convenient, easy and right in the heart of Oakland

6 months ago

finished on the TRAIL to my starter point near Fairyland.

6 months ago

A nice stroll around the lake w/ family that doesn't require much effort.

6 months ago

A local running and walking site great for first dates and casual coffee dates with friends. There is a bird sanctuary, a rowing club, outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the lake, bathrooms, water fountains, a restaurant, and more. Great people watching!

6 months ago

A (mostly) beautiful 3+ mile flat loop with plenty to keep you visually entertained along the way. A variety of things happening along the way.

7 months ago

Beautiful public space... lovely to see people out and about ... the walk offers a panoramic view of Oakland's cityscape ...

7 months ago

Very easy and family friendly hike (more a walk than a hike though). Not to much shade so I do not recommend doing it in the middle of a hot sunny day! :) however always great to go all around the lake :)

trail running
8 months ago

This isn't a trail so much as a Lakeside walk --mostly on pavement. But it's beautiful and peaceful and great for jogging or a romantic stroll. No hiking shoes necessary! Even prettier at night or sunset :-)

9 months ago

Beautiful Oakland

10 months ago

An easy, beautiful trail with lovely panoramic views.

10 months ago


10 months ago

Beautiful Oakland and beautiful people watching. The botanical gardens is a must stop. Simply enchanting g!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The lake near my house. Always a pleasant easy stroll

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Very easy but nice walk on a mostly flat trail around a beautiful lake in the center of Oakland. Always great for people watching.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Good city walk. Use to work close by with time on my hands so i did it more than a few times. Not as good in the middle of the summer when the lake can have a bit of a smell to it.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Nice urban pleasant walk. It's scenic and there are lots of great restaurants and pit stops for kids.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beautiful site, lots of people. Not great for off leash unless in a side field.

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