Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail

Lafayette Reservoir Rim Trail
City: Lafayette
Park: Lafayette Reservoir
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Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 6:30 PM

Event Notes:

You all know I am not creative enough to come up with a moonlight hike in a full moon. I will introduce the creative co-leader at the start. We will meet next to the entrance station to the $6 parking lot. This hike will take longer than 2 hours. We will rest at the top of killer hill and enjoy the sunset. We will then continue on in twilight and then darkness. Bring a light. If the low clouds don't show up you won't need it. This is a strenuous hike.

Contact: Andrew Kincaid
Cell Phone: (925)

Trail Notes:

Upper Trail is a dirt trail. We normally start out our hike by the playground area on the North/West end of the parking lot. This hike is 4.69 miles in length. Unlike the lower paved route around the reservoir, the rim trail is a lot of up and down, including some rather steep grade portions. Overall I consider this trail to be fairly moderate for the avid hiker, but could be quite challenging for the novice or newbie. There are, however, many "turn-offs" leading back to the paved trail for someone who decides to venture onto Rim and decide they rather go back to the Paved Trail. Plan 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete this trail. For this reason, parking at the meters (2 hour time limit) might be cutting it close. Alternatively, you can also park down along Mount Diablo Blvd for free, and then hike up to our meeting area in the parking lot.
For a trail map, click here (PDF format).

Directions to Trailhead:

From Highway 24 in Contra Costa County, exit Mount Diablo Boulevard/Acalanes Road/Upper Happy Valley Road. Drive east on Mount Diablo Boulevard (which is south of Hwy 24) about 1 mile, then turn right at the Lafayette Reservoir sign. Stay to the right, drive uphill on the one way street, then bear left, toward day use parking. You can park in metered spaces for up to 2 hours @ $1 per hour, or pay $6 per day to park in the lot. Bring exact change for the automated entrance kiosk to the lot, which is only staffed weekends and holidays.

To avoid the park fees all together, enter the park from the surrounding neighborhood. From downtown Lafayette, take Moraga Road south. Turn right on Campolindo Drive. At the end of Campolindo, make a right onto Paseo Grande. There's side of the road parking at Paseo Grande's cul de sac.) Follow the Rim Trail down to the parking lot to meet up with the rest of the group (about a 20-30 minute hike).

There is no direct public transportation to the reservoir, and nearby BART and bus stops are probably too far from the reservoir for hikers. Cyclists should have no problem riding from the Lafayette BART station.

TrailHead Parking Fee: $6/day or $1/hour

The trailhead information on this page was last updated Sunday, March 19, 2006.