The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, a 7.65-mile linear park, parallels St. Mary's Road through Lafayette and Moraga. It is intended for hiking, bicycling, and equestrian use.
Coursing through the Moraga Valley, connecting Las Trampas Ridge to the Oakland Hills, and the cities of Lafayette and Moraga, this trail corridor has a rich and varied history. This trail was once used by mule trains to carry redwood from Oakland to Sacramento. Later, when the mule trails had passed into history, the lumber was carried by steam trains, including the Oakland-Antioch and Eastern Railroad, the San Francisco-Sacramento, and the Sacramento Northern, for which the easement was historically named. With the abandonment of the railroads the corridor became a utility easement, and, ultimately, with the cooperation of local communities, utility districts and the East Bay Regional Park District, a paved multi-use recreational trail was established serving hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.
The north end of the trail begins at A staging area at Olympic Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette, south of Highway 24, and ends at East Bay Municipal Utility District's (EBMUD) Valle Vista staging area at the outskirts of Moraga, bordering San Leandro Reservoir and Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. (A permit is required to hike in EBMUD lands; call (510) 287-0469.) The trail makes connections to a variety of schools (including St. Mary's College), regional trails (Briones-to-Las Trampas), local parks (Moraga Commons), and commercial areas in downtown Moraga. One of the first rail-trails in California, this 10-foot-wide recreational trail offers residential access, regional connections, scenic areas, and convenience to local facilities. It is accessible to persons in wheelchairs.
The trail is maintained and operated by the East Bay Regional Park District. It was established largely along utility right-of-way in cooperation with the cities of Lafayette and Moraga, the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, EBMUD, and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
To Reach the Trail
County Connection lines 106 and 206 connect to the Lafayette BART station.
Line 106 serves Moraga Way and St. Mary's Road in Moraga. Line 206 serves St. Mary's Road in Lafayette. There is no bus service on Sundays. Call (925) 676-7500 for schedule information.
Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail is wheelchair accessible.
The Lafayette-Moraga trail is recommended for equestrians, bicyclers, hikers, joggers, and runners.
Trail Mileage Guide
- Download: Lafayette / Moraga
Section 1: 4.77 miles
Extending from Pleasant Hill Road and Olympic Boulevard west and south to Rheem Boulevard at St. Mary's Road.
Section 2: 1.16 miles
Extending from Rheem Boulevard at St. Mary's Road to Moraga Commons at Moraga Road. This section includes a par course. Drinking water and restrooms are available at Moraga Commons in Moraga and at Lafayette Community Center on St. Mary's Road (restrooms from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only).
Section 3: 1.72 miles
Extending through downtown Moraga to EBMUD's Valle Vista Staging Area on Canyon Road. EBMUD trails lead from Valle Vista through watershed lands to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness and Redwood Regional Park. An annual permit from EBMUD is required to use these trails; call EBMUD at (510) 287-0469 for permit information.
Non-Emergency Trail Safety Hazards: Call (510) 544-2510 for the Trails Hotline (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm, voicemail available after hours or call the Non-Emergency Line below)
Trail Conflicts/Violations: Call (510) 881-1833 for the Non-Emergency Public Safety Line, 24 hours a day, or submit a Park Watch Report online.
Emergency/Crime in Progress: Call 911 or (510) 881-1121 from a cell, 24 hours a day.