Lake Temescal Dam Trail, East Shore Trail, Oak Bay Trail Loop is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.0 miles
78 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

Lake Temescal is truly an oasis, though located just next to a busy metropolis. When walking along the water’s edge, watch for birds like ducks, Canadian geese, cormorants, and kingfishers. In the spring, wild onions, lilies, and other flowers bloom along the west edge of the lake. On the Oak Bay Trail, you’ll climb a bit above the lake through some shaded woodland, with a bench at the halfway point that looks out at the hills. Take your time as you walk, and appreciate the tranquility of the lake and park. Trail Directions: Park in the north entrance parking lot off Broadway Ave. Follow the main path through the lawn area and turn left onto the Dam Trail. After about 500’ make a right, before the crosswalk, onto the East Shore Trail. Head south along the lake for .41 miles, ending at a grassy lawn with redwoods, next to the south parking lot. Near the beginning of the West Shore Trail look for a dirt path heading through the redwoods that connects to the Oak Bay Trail. Follow this trail for about .4 miles to return to the north playground, picnic areas and parking lot. Fees: Parking - April through October - $5/vehicle; Dogs:$2/dog Guide/service dogs free. (when kiosk is attended)