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Lake Merritt Loop

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 3.7 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy an urban park in the middle of beautiful Oakland.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Loop

23' 7 m

High

5' 2 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

45' 14 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Lake

Family Friendly A playground, Children's Fairyland, boats, and flat trails all make this a good area for kids.

Swimming and fishing are prohibited.

Overview

This is a fresh and saltwater lake—the largest such lake located within an urban area—that has a pleasant 3.4 mile flat trail.

Need to Know

Kids love the playground, Children's Fairyland, and boating. Adults love the authentic Venetian gondola tours, birding, BBQ, music, gardens, and the lake.

Description

Starting from the angled parking near the Lakeside Demonstration Gardens, follow this obvious wide trail around the lake. The trail is flat, and there are plenty of great sights to see along the loop around Lakeside Park.

Flora & Fauna

Here you'll find the Bonsai Garden, Community/Edible Garden, Japanese Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Lakeside Palmetum, Rhododendron Garden, Sensory Garden, Succulent Garden, Vireya Display Garden, and Pollinator Garden.

History & Background

The park is America's Oldest Wildlife Refuge and is a great spot for birding (egrets, herons, Canada geese, pelicans).

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Oakland

Shared By:

Wendy Wheeler

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  3.7 from 11 votes

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  3.7 from 11 votes
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Sunset
May 12, 2018 near Oakland, CA
Relaxing in the shade
May 12, 2018 near Oakland, CA
Venetian Gondola
May 27, 2018 near Oakland, CA

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Sep 25, 2019
Jon Mooney
Hot today, but not a lot of people. 3.1mi
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