Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 2 trails in Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area
Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

2.8 miles 157 feet Loop
dogs on leash kid friendly birding canoeing fishing hiking nature trips trail running walking lake views wild flowers
Hide Map

Park at the main entrance staging area to Lafayette Reservoir

Lizard VB
2 days ago

22 Completed21 Reviews

Nice stroll around lake edge, up the top it's rather like walking through porridge if it's been raining, fun but slippery

Christina Tambac
4 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Loved this hike. Have a few spare hours? Easy morning hike! The paved way is definitely easier around the reservoir than the trail up into the hills but both are beautiful in it's own way! Challenge yourself and go clockwise up. I find it more challenging. Or go counter clockwise for an easier climb.

Allen Scott
6 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Easy

Dave Tidgwell
16 days ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Very crowded down near the lake but less so up on the rim trail. Fairly bland scenery, but a nice easy walk.

Peter E.
1 month ago

Excellent midday walk!

Jennifer Cogdell
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome! Easy not so much some steep hills and great workout! Love it!

Peter E.
2 months ago

Nice trail for great leg workout. Steep declines 8-9 in some spots and 5s for inclines.

Lori Whittock
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was slippery and not well sign posted but beautiful and very quiet compared to the paved loop around the reservoir.

Damian Amaya
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Julie Anderson
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice walk with the dog. Just a couple of slight hills. Trail around lake is paved. There are also trails that lead off into the hills- unsaved. Parking costs $$. Annual membership available.

Cheryl Voloshin
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

While this is a great trail - it is misnamed. The lower trail (here) is the Lakeside Nature Trail.
The Upper Rim Trail is a completely different experience. Dirt fire trail, crazy hilly, and 2 miles longer.

Jennifer Cinquini
3 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Busy and beautiful!

Chiengmay Pen
3 months ago

8 Completed4 Reviews

Not bad.

Jacob Waxman
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We walk the lower 2.7 mile loop almost every day. Typically we bring our pug Henry and our ShiTsu BooBoo for a shorter walk for their morning constitutional. Then we do the whole loop in about 52 minutes.

Occasionally, we hike the rim trail which is not paved and is about five miles long for the entire loop. More importantly, the upper rim trail involves an elevation gain of 1200'---1400' with some very steep hills along the route. When we hike the entire rim trail it takes us about two hours. The scenery from many points along the route is awesome especially on a clear and sunny day.

Over the years, we've become addicted to this fabulous and rejuvenating location. Aside from the natural beauty of this Reservoir with its myriads of wild life and virgin oak trees, the lower loop is frequented by people of all ages and dogs of all breeds.

Robin Morris
4 months ago

113 Completed108 Reviews

John Sullivan
6 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Jogged the paved loop close to the lake, then walked it again. 2.7 or so. Next time will try the rim trail.

Rosemarie Radford
7 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Great trail, it's nice that you can choose to go up to the Rim trail to lengthen the hike. Great natural landscape, but we went on Sunday morning and the trail around the reservoir is quite crowded!

Dani Crosby
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Kevin Kringle
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a nice hike, if I could give any advice it would be to wear good shoes, there are a lots of hills on a dirt path.

Marci Farquhar-snow
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

I grew up with this trail. The Rim trail has great views!