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    Lake Temescal Loop

    Elevation Gain134ft
    Trailhead Elevation429ft

    Lake Temescal Loop

    One of the most popular swimming destinations in the Bay Area, Lake Temescal Recreation Area boasts a sandy beach, two renovated playgrounds, and large meadows for family gatherings. Primarily a hot spot for the preschool set, Lake Temescal benefits from the East Bay's summer sun when San Francisco is all fogged in. Surprisingly, for an urban park bordered by a freeway, Lake Temescal is an oasis of green and relatively quiet.

    Junior explorers will love the West Shore Trail, which hugs the shore and whose platforms are great vantage points to scout the waters for rainbow trout, catfish, bluegill, or largemouth bass. If you are looking for a workout, the Oak Bay Trail rises on a ridge above the lake (parallel with the west shore) and provides full views of the area. (Laure Latham, Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area)
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    Trail Information

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    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    134 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Trail Type
    Skill Level
    429 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    449 feet
    Top Elevation
    Bench, Information, Picnic Area, Potable Water, Restrooms, Views

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