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Briones Crest Trail

This 6.8 mile loop provides a good overview of the southwest half of this East Bay Regional Park. It includes rolling hills, forested canyons, and a 360-degree view at the top. Getting to this view required hiking up about 1300'. At this time of year we should also find spring wildflowers. Briones is a grazing park, so we may encounter cows (and cow patties). Dogs are allowed off leash, except in picnic areas, but must be under control at all times.

Getting there:
• From Hwy 24 in Orinda, take the Orinda Exit onto Camino Pablo, drive 2.2 miles
• Right on Bear Creek Road, drive 4.5 miles
• Right into the Bear Creek Valley entrance, go 0.3 miles
• Pass the entrance kiosk (there may be a $3 fee for parking +$2 per dog)
• Continue 0.1 mile to last parking area.

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  • Joyce

    Sorry, for some unbeknownst to me somehow my email wasn't working, so I missed updates about this.

    April 7, 2013

  • Lynne P.

    Great photos, Deborah. What a beautiful hike. Glad it was successful. I look forward to hiking with you all, soon.

    April 7, 2013

  • Deborah

    Make that a misty Saturday, not Sunday.

    April 6, 2013

  • Peggy

    Thanks again to Deborah for organizing the hike--It was so green and beautiful and all the hikers were nice and friendly. Great way to start the weekend.

    April 6, 2013

  • Deborah

    A great way to spend a misty Sunday, more beautiful than I expected, with a nice group of friendly women. Thanks for joining me.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so beautiful and green! even the fog was beautiful.

    April 6, 2013

  • nancy

    Unexpected things, sorry

    April 6, 2013

  • Lynne P.

    Hey, gang. I had an unexpected late night last night with family issues. I'm sorry for pulling out last minute but I'll have to catch up with you all next time. Have a nice time.

    April 6, 2013

  • nancy

    I can come for the first part, but have a commitment at 1 pm. See ya!

    April 5, 2013

  • Cathy

    I will attend but I might drop out early if my bruised knee starts to give me trouble.

    April 5, 2013

  • Karen

    My friend, Julie, will go in my place

    April 4, 2013

  • Deborah

    I updated the description of this hike to include the elevation gain. Though most of the trails in this park are fairly wide and level, after the recent rain, I suggest hiking boots and trekking poles.

    April 4, 2013

  • Sue W.

    Another time, my plans changed.

    April 3, 2013

  • Deborah

    Does anyone want to carpool from S.F.?

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really wanted to come! But have a course that starts Saturday. See you all another time.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My mother is still rehabing. She loves Briones. She'll catch up with everyone very soon. Enjoy your hike!

    April 1, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi all. I won't be joining the hike this Saturday; however, my friend, Julie (San Jose) will go in my place. So...since I said me + 1, that opens a space for another person.
    Have a great time and I hope to see you at one of the next ones.

    April 1, 2013

  • Susan T.

    Sorry I'll miss this hike - it sounds like it will be beautiful. See you on the next one!

    April 1, 2013

  • Sue W.

    I am looking forward To it

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it. Do hope there are wildflowers!

    March 27, 2013

  • Leanna

    Sorry, will be out of town.

    March 26, 2013

  • pink

    I will be driving my truck for this hike. I will have room for 4 riders. Be nice if I could pick u all up at Glen Park bart station.

    March 25, 2013

  • Pat

    I had a last minute invite to a family event on that day. SOrry!!!!

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My mother and I plan to attend. She loves Briones!

    March 6, 2013

  • Ann W

    Out of town on holiday. Enjoy!

    March 5, 2013

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