This is my favorite Briones route. It's ~7 miles; elevation gain is ~700'. It should take 3.5 hours. There will be sticky mud, bicycles and maybe cows and horses. So far the weather man says a high of 53ºF and 10% rain. The uphills should keep us warm though.
Route: Start at Briones Rd staging area, go up Old Briones Rd Trail to Maricich Lake for the dogs to take an optional swim, Old Briones Rd Trail/Valley/Yerba Buena/Crescent Ridge/Briones Crest/Table Top/Maricich shortcut/Old Briones Rd back to parking lot.
DIRECTIONS TO BRIONES RD STAGING AREA:
(please look at a map before you leave home-we will start on time)
From Hwy 4,
- Exit on Alhambra Ave and go south.
- Take 1st right (stoplight) on Alhambra Valley Rd.
- At T-intersection (there's a stop sign) turn right to stay on Alhambra Valley Rd.
- Go 0.1 miles, pass the windmill farm, and turn left on the 1st tiny road, Briones Rd. It's easy to miss so watch for it. There's a sign there that reads "Not A Through Street". It's a small windy uphill road that dead ends at the staging area.
Going West on Reliez Valley Rd, you will reach the T-intersection where Reliez Valley Rd turns into Alhambra Valley Rd, then go 0.1 miles, pass the windmill farm, and turn left on the 1st road, Briones Rd. Drive up to the end which is the staging area.
From Bear Creek Rd, turn right on Alhambra Valley Rd. Go 4.7 miles and turn right on Briones Rd. Drive up to the end and park. You'll need to turn before the windmill and T-intersection so if you pass it, just turn around and go 0.1 miles from the intersection to Briones Rd on the left.
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