Lafayette Reservoir: Rim Trail

#1 of 4 trails in Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area

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This trail circles around Lafayette Reservoir, and explores the beauty and wonder of the natural setting. The entire family can enjoy the scenic views.

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Noemi simental (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Such a beautiful easy hike. Definitely recommend!

Michael Templeton (716)

7 Completed2 Reviews

Nice easy trail for walking the dog on leash.

Aaron Stella (127)

4 Completed4 Reviews

Jen D. (890)

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 (1901)

18 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!

Organizer of Concord's Young Adult Outdoor Adventurists Group

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 (5475)

97 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)