Lafayette Reservoir Lakeside Nature Trail

Lafayette, CA
Length: 2.70 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 10    Average: 2.1/5]

This is a 2.7 miles loop trail around the reservoir lake.  One end has a playground and a (watered) grassy area, the other has a boating facility with boat rentals.

The trail is paved and smooth and has mileage markers at intervals.  The trail isn’t flat, there are a number of ups and downs.  Parts of the trail are shaded, but a lot is in sun.  There are some picnic areas, restrooms, nature signs, benches and water fountains along the way.

The trail is very popular and will have people at all times of day.  It is quite popular with dog walkers so you will see lots of dogs, especially bigger ones.  There are some side trails off the loop, and there are other, more difficult trails including a steeper dirt path rim trail that is 4.7 miles long.

Hours vary according to the season, but generally early morning to a bit after dark.  Be aware the cyclists, roller skaters, and scooters are allowed at certain times – currently Tues and Thur from noon to closing and Sunday from opening until 11am.

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Trail Features

Surface type Paved
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Picnic Area, and Playground

There are multiple picnic areas along the trail and a large one with watered grass near the playground. The playground has two sections for different-aged kids. No swimming in the lake, but boat rentals are available.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $3.00

Fee is by timed meter (up to $3 for 2 hours) or day pass ($7). An annual pass is also available.

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[Total: 10    Average: 2.1/5]


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