Lake Merritt is a 3.1 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.

3.1 miles
45 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller 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

Some parts of the trail are better kept than others , also some areas don’t have any benches to rest on . In general pleasant trail to walk on , mostly flat .

1 month ago

Great urban/nature walk.

2 months ago

best walk around town

2 months ago

Nice and easy paced walking path. Lots of things going on and people to see, very lively!

2 months ago

Seen many birds and homeless people. Lots of people were working out

2 months ago

Easy paved loop with excellent people watching opportunities.

2 months ago

love it

3 months ago

Iconic mandatory walk or run while in Oakland. Just watch your step here and there for geese poop.

3 months ago

It's a great place for a long walk. A great for taking photos of sunsets.

3 months ago

Love this walk.

5 months ago

Great for stroller walks. I miss living by Lake Merritt- such a lovely place to walk and run.

6 months ago

great place to see local native water birds, a lot of geese, and members of the community coming together. Great for a jog, scenic stroll, or watching a drum circle form.

trail running
8 months ago

Almost perfectly designed for runners 5k. Flat with very low rolling sidewalks. Beautiful especially when the grass is green, the water is high, around sunset. Safe, community space, active but generally not crowded, well lit 2/3 of the path at night. Urban.

11 months 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.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Relaxing walk!!

trail running
Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

Friday, August 04, 2017

finished on the TRAIL to my starter point near Fairyland.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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
Sunday, May 21, 2017

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 :-)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beautiful Oakland

Friday, April 07, 2017

An easy, beautiful trail with lovely panoramic views.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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.

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