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Lafayette Reservoir Lower Loop, CA

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Distance Round Trip 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 464 feet
Elevation Gain 170 feet
Accumulated Gain 170 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.55
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Location Walnut Creek, CA
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Sun  5:23am - 7:03pm
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by JimmyLyding

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This is an extremely popular paved pathway around Lafayette Reservoir. Plan on seeing lots of dogs, joggers and strollers.

Lafayette Reservoir was created in 1933 to be an emergency drinking water supply for EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District, or "Eee Bee Mud") with this trail as a side benefit. The higher Rim Trail is more interesting and challenging, but the lakeside setting for this trail makes it a great place to stretch one's legs.

The hike starts on the dam which is on the north side of the reservoir near Mount Diablo Boulevard, and is a loop around the reservoir. Going counterclockwise takes you past the fish-cleaning station towards the small visitor center and boat rental center. A series of small picnic areas are on the left (towards the lake) before the route gets pretty wild for about a mile. It's not a federal wilderness area by any stretch of the imagination, but there are decent-sized stretches where it felt like I was 'out there.'

The route continues around the lakeshore through a mix of valley oaks, Monterey pine, tan oak, bay, willow and non-native eucalyptus before passing some large group picnic areas just before reaching the parking area on the dam.

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2019-12-29 JimmyLyding
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    EBMUD Trail Use Permit -The pass costs $10 for 1 year or $20 for 3 years, and allows you to hike the many fine recreation areas that EBMUD manages. A pass-holder can take along up to 4 people. You must sign in at the beginning of the hike with your pass number and license plate number.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take Mount Diablo Boulevard west 1 mile from downtown Lafayette, CA to the entrance to Lafayette Reservoir. Parking is $7.00 for the day, about a dollar per hour via meter or $120.00 for an annual pass.
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