ElevationAscent: 903' 275 m
Descent: -901' -275 m
High: 1,023' 312 m
Low: 469' 143 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A pleasant run through the Lamorinda hills with great views.”— Nick Barendregt
Parking at the reservoir parking lot is not free; all-day passes are $7, and there is metered parking available for $1.50 an hour. For those looking to return frequently, and annual pass is available.
After a brief uphill section, you'll be in the rolling hills of the Lamorinda area, where you'll remain for the duration of the run. For those looking to make an earlier exit, there are several connector trails you can take to return to the paved trail on the shore of the reservoir.
Just after the halfway point you'll come across a large water storage tank. Just after this tank is a short but steep downhill section. The footing here can be a bit tricky, as the trail is often dusty and slippery from lack of traction. Caution is advised especially in the summer, as the trail can be almost entirely sand in the dry conditions. After this downhill, the remainder of the trail is more rolling hills, with great views of Mt. Diablo to the southeast depending on cloud cover.
To finish, take the trail down to the paved path; you'll end up next to a water fountain and children's play area and across from a large grass field. Run along the paved trail a short distance until you return to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)