Lake Chabot

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Fishing pier
  • Food
  • Picnic
  • Accessible Parking
  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Particularly good for families
  • Wildlife viewing

Features

  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Fishing pier
  • Food
  • Picnic
  • Accessible Parking
  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Particularly good for families
  • Wildlife viewing

Information

Website:
visit link
Address:
17600 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA
Region:
San Francisco Bay Area
Hours:
5am-10pm
Last Visited:
May 2022
Lake Chabot is a popular destination for families and bustles on weekends. Among the many amenities you can find there are multiple picnic areas, a grassy play area, fishing, an outdoor fitness zone with interactive exercise machines (one is designed for wheelchair access), and miles of lakefront trails. The Marina has a café, tackle & bait shop and rental boats and seasonal lake tours aboard the tour boat "Chabot Queen." The ramp to the boats is accessible but quite steep. To board the tour boat a portable ramp is available.

The paved West Shore and East Shore trails around the lake offer some access although their steep terrain may be a deterrant to some with limited mobility. They are worth the effort if possible because it feels as though you’re far from the nearby bustling cities.

Trails and Pathways

Trail:
West Shore Trail
Time to Complete:
1.5 hours
Trailhead Location:
At the boathouse, if looking at the lake, go left to hike the Westshore Trail.
Trail Length:
2-4 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Typical Grade:
Steep
Typical Terrain:
Hard
Trail Overview: ** This trail was reviewed while using a rear-wheel motorized wheelchair and presented no access difficulties.

Although paved, the West Sshore Trail has numerous steep grades throughout as it travels high above the lake passing in and out of shade provided by oaks, bay laurel, willow, cottonwood trees. Poison oak is plentiful and on my visit so was vetch, blackberries, and blue-eyed grass. A few interpretive panels about the dam’s history are towards the end of this 2-mile route. Benches are scattered throughout although most have a steep grade to reach them.

At about 2 miles you reach the dam where shortly after the trail climbs steeply and becomes gravel. I turned back here.

More Info: Most of the hills have a slope greater than 8% (a typical compliant ramp)
Trail:
East Shore Trail
Time to Complete:
1 hour
Trailhead Location:
From the parking lot take the ramp towards the boathouse but turn right on the paved path before you reach the restroom.
Trail Length:
2-4 total miles
Typical Width:
4 ft. & above
Elevation Change
184
Typical Grade:
Steep
Typical Terrain:
Hard
Trail Overview: ** This trail was reviewed while using a rear-wheel motorized wheelchair and presented no access difficulties.

The East Shore Trail has fewer steep grades than the West Shore Trail especially before .8 miles. It also travels high above the lake offering nice views of it while passing in and out of shade provided by oaks, bay laurel, willow, cottonwood trees. The native plant, stcky monkey flower, abundant on my visit, added orange splashes on the hillside and birdsong was plentiful. Benches are scattered throughout.

At 1.7 mile the trail becomes dirt and strewn with rocks making for a more bumpy ride. Shortly afterwards I turned back due to a flight of stairs that prevented me from continuing further around the lake.

 

 


 

More Info: At 1.7 mile the trail becomes dirt and strewn with rocks making for a bumpy ride.

Accessibility Features

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – The only accessible restroom is by the boathouse; none are accessible along either West or East Side trails.

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; There are many picnic areas throughout the park with most tables having access only at either end of the table .

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