A nice outing in the East Bay around Lake Chabot

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Lake Chabot is nestled on the East Bay in Castro Valley.

Length : 9 miles. Allow between 3 to 4 hours. Features a cafe, marina and fishing pond . Entrance fee is 5 $ or you can also park along the road

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How to get there

To access it , in Castro Valley on I-580 westbound, take the Strobridge Avenue exit. Turn right on Strobridge, right on Castro Valley Boulevard, and left on Lake Chabot Road. The Lake Chabot Marina is about two miles ahead on the right

Address : 17600 Lake Chabot road Castro Valley CA 94546

From the Marina to the lakeshore

The most popular starting point for this hike is the marina lot at the south end of the lake. There are several restrooms along the route as well (at least 5 or 6 ).

In the woods

Half of this popular hike around Castro Valley’s scenic Lake Chabot hike is on busy and mostly paved lakeshore trails, but the rest runs through quiet woods with much more of a backcountry feel. The contrast between the two halves of the loop makes for an enjoyable and memorable hike and allow great views of the lake.

What to see: lake views and birds

This hike is enjoyable at any season and the reflections of light on the water will vary according the weather and season but are always beautiful. Geese and ducks all year round as well as deers occasionally.

About two-thirds of the hike is wooded. For a hike that circles a lake, the route is actually pretty hilly, with up-and-downs most of the way.

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