Lafayette Reservoir: Rim Trail

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Lafayette Reservoir: Rim Trail is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near Lafayette, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for birding, hiking & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Jen Holiday (879)

31 Completed28 Reviews

Decent day hike. A great one for families as I think young children would be able to complete most of the hike on their own and feel very successful.

Mel Russo (885)

13 Completed4 Reviews

Great local spot. Spent a sunny Mother's Day 2014 here and needless to say the parking lot was packed. FYI, and there is a small fee to get in. That being said, Lafayette Reservoir boasts some pretty nice facilities: plenty of picnic tables, wide trails, and a visitor center that also hosts tours and educational camps. There are two main trails here, the outer Rim Trail, and Reservoir trail that hugs the water for about 3 miles. Rim Trail is markedly tougher with great variations in altitude, Reservoir Trail is much friendlier for a wider variety of skill levels and is mainly a paved fire road. This is a popular destination for families and runners around the Lafayette/Orinda area so things can get a bit crowded at times, otherwise nice way to spend some time outdoors without going to far from home.

Abby Smith (472)

5 Completed3 Reviews

We had our third Meetup at the Lafayette Reservoir today and I loved the walk! Most of the trail was paved and it was busy with walkers, runners and bikers on the trail. What other reviews have seem to skipped on are the abundance of picnic spaces! There even was a play structure located right off of the parking lot. I think this spot will be a regular place for our group to meet as it was a beautiful walk!

Abby
Organizer of Concord's Young Adult Outdoor Adventurists Group
http://www.meetup.com/cyaoag/

Leylani Millhouse (66)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful easy loop. Cemented, but enough dirt to run on follows the edge loop. Beautiful scenery quite exposed to sunshine. Few little inclines, great for a quick run!

Jordyn Sadler (77)

2 Completed2 Reviews

The outer loop makes for a nice outing. It's about 5miles and there is a place to fill up on water along the trail which is nice! Trail is full of people if all ages and many people with their pooches. Bring money for parking!

AJ Ruiz (5474)

96 Completed56 Reviews

A quick jaunt around the reservoir, perfect for all ages. Trails are well maintained and are avidly used for walking and running. Crowds are thick.

Note: there is a fee to park.

Ana H. (94)

E G (173)

3 Completed4 Reviews

We hike this trail at least twice a week and it is a very great trail. It takes us an hour and 40 minutes (walking) if we park by the meters. There is street parking down on Mount Diablo Blvd and it is an extra 1 mile round trip to the trail. The trail begins behind the fish cleaning station (which is to the right of the parking lot if you are facing the water). It is a loop. It is great cardio. People who go to the gym say that it gives them a run for their money and it does. It is constant up and down, can be slippery when really dry--crumbled dirt and when it is very wet hard to navigate--clay mud sticks to your feet. You definitely need good tread on your shoes for this one. 1/2 way there is a water tower with water available. When it is foggy it is very cold, and when it is hot it is very hot. If you start behind the playground, it is the harder way to go. The uphill is much more strenuous. But either way it is a great workout and will keep you in shape! The paved trail below is ok. very crowded. Lots of dogs and strollers. Takes about 40 minutes.

Heather Galbraith (2737)

42 Completed18 Reviews

Lafayette Res is my "quick hit" place to go hiking or running. I live just a quick drive away so it is really convenient for me. The Rim Trail is a nice moderate loop with some pretty good inclines. Downsides to the Res are paying for parking (there are quarter only meters, you can pay $6 per day to park in the lot, or you can become an annual member but thats like hundred bucks) and this place is often pretty crowded. I have a better time here when I hike the Rim Trail as opposed to running on the paved path on busier days.

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