Explore the Lafayette Reservoir via Rim Trail

5 Miles Round Trip - 1085 ft gain - Loop Trail

Lafayette Reservoir - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

The Lafayette Reservoir Nature Area Rim Trail is a 5 mile hike featuring a beautiful lake.

Lafayette Reservoir is perfect for canoeing, mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. The Reservoir trail system is also used for nature walks and birding. The loop has several high points that have amazing views. The trails become very muddy after wet weather - so tread with caution. 

The Lafayette Reservoir is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to sunset. On Sunday mornings, the Reservoir opens at 11 A.M.

Photos: Gareth BogdanoffGeorge Kelly and Sonny Abesamis


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area


5 Miles
1085 ft elevation gain
Loop Trail

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Challenging Trail Run/Hike

Such a great trail, especially in Spring and early Summer when grass is green and wildflowers are blooming. The hills can be brutal but beautiful views of Mt Diablo and the East Bay make it worth it.

Convenient, challenging & great views

This hike is one of my go-tos when I need to get outdoors but don’t have time to go to the mountains or woods. The trailhead starts right at the lower reservoir parking lot (find it right behind the fish washing station at the front entrance) and will lead OMG our Ona 5m loop around the rim of the hills surrounding the reservoir. A lot of steep climbs to be rewarded with amazing views. Just be careful going after a rain and the mud can make it tricky to navigate the downhills!