We will walk through some meadows at the top of the park, where
there are sometimes an abundance of fragrant tarplants.
Always meadowlarks and bluebirds. Distance will be about 3 miles. Mostly level, some short up and down sections. Bring lunch, since we plan on getting back to the cars about 2pm. Bring water, and be prepared for the forecast temperature. Depending on the wind direction, it may be hot.
Directions: From west of the Bay hills, go east on 24 and exit
at Pleasant Hill Road. Go north on Pleasant Hill Road 0.5 mile
and then turn left onto Reliez Valley Road. Go 4-5 miles on
Reliez Valley Road to its end at the junction with Alhambra
Valley Road. Ignore the entrance signs on Reliez Valley Road
and continue straight on Alhambra Valley Road to the first
left turn, which is Briones Road. Go about 1.5 miles to the end
of Briones Road and park on either side of the road. For the
Pinole/Martinez area, just proceed down Alhambra Valley
Road and follow the directions to the end of Briones Road.
For spoilers, here is a link to last year's photos: