Lafayette Reservoir Lakeside Nature Trail Loop, East Bay Municipal Utility District, California
Length: 3.0 miles
Width: 11 ft.
Surface type: asphalt
Typical grade: 1%
Maximum grade: 7%
Typical cross slope: 0%
Use Fee required?: $7 per day
This mostly shaded, paved trail is accessible year-round and features beautiful views of the reservoir and wildlife. The pelicans and cormorants on the reservoir are especially exciting! Deer, squirrels, and other birds are common as well.
WARNING: You may also see the striking California Newt during the wetter months. Please avoid touching them–their skin is coated in a powerful neurotoxin. Venomous rattlesnakes can be seen on the nearby Rim Trail, though they are rare on the Lakeside Nature Loop trail.
Parking is $7 per day. Hours vary month-to-month according to the chart on this page: https://www.ebmud.com/recreation/east-bay/lafayette-reservoir
From the EBMUD website: "This is a winding, easy, paved trail that circles the reservoir. It is a favorite with dog owners, fishing enthusiasts, joggers, and Sunday strollers. The Lakeside Nature Trail is open to bicyclists during limited hours. Horses are not allowed. Trail use permits are not required within the Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area."
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Trail reviewed on July 10, 2022