Briones Lake Loop 14mi/1000ft

  • July 27, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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On Bear Creek Rd, Orinda, between Briones Valley Rd and Happy Valley Rd, there is a parking lot for the Bear Creek Staging Area. There might not be any restrooms.  There should be one at the Overlook Staging Area on Bear Creek Rd, 1.7 mi from San Pablo Dam Rd.

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Permit is not required if you are signed up. Counter-clockwise loop around Briones Lake.   Long but not a lot of elevation and mostly exposed. I'm hoping that weather remains cool, but make sure you have enough water, sunscreen etc.

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After Hike Event

Turquoise Mediterranean Grill

70 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA 94563


MPORTANT NOTE: Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this hike and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, and first aid. Hike organizers make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities.By signing for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this hike.



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  • fran

    Fast hiking around the reservoir which was a gorgeous deep blue!

    July 28, 2013

  • Ken W

    Ideal weather hiking in the East Bay for this time of year. Thank you, Edmond for another great hike.

    July 28, 2013

  • David

    14 miles (exactly), 2293' cumulative elevation gain, average moving speed: 3.2 mph.

    July 27, 2013

    • Louise

      Wow, thanks for the info!

      July 27, 2013

  • Fred P.

    event was exactly as proposed. We got to see another large open space in the East Bay. After event meal was also well planned.

    July 27, 2013

  • Michael

    Excellent hike! Just what I needed. Many thanks, Edmond!

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Edward. I am out a party in Millbrae today and cant' get there in time.

    July 27, 2013

  • Arthur S.

    Well it's 8am Sat. and not off the waiting list. Not sure what the max is so have fun everyone.

    July 27, 2013

  • Valerie

    Edmond - is this still closed? Got back early from Fresno so would like to attend.

    July 26, 2013

  • Spencer

    unfortunately have to cancel - I've double-booked myself (not counting my dentist appt.). Next time.

    July 26, 2013

  • Don

    Don't think I can make the start time so I'm giving up my slot.

    July 26, 2013

  • LoJo

    Sorry to miss this, but I have to get back home sooner than this hike will allow.

    July 26, 2013

  • Freddie M.

    Gotta work. Hope someone else can go.

    July 26, 2013

  • Tomaj

    Does it look like I could join this hike? How would I know if I can get off the waiting list and come???

    July 25, 2013

    • Edmond

      There are 25 other people in the queue ahead of you with one more day to go so your chances are slim.

      July 25, 2013

  • Holly

    I live in san Jose and looking for ride.

    July 21, 2013

    • Derek W.

      If anyone else needs a ride, feel free to email me as well. I have one comfortable space (and I guess technically two very uncomfortable ones) if anyone needs it.

      1 · July 24, 2013

    • Holly

      Sorry, Mona I got other plan before noticed carpool messages. May be we can carpool next time. Thanks.

      July 25, 2013

  • Jane R.

    sorry I can't be there/other plans

    July 24, 2013

  • Babette H.

    Sorry - I can't come afterall. Sounds fabulous. Have a great time.

    July 23, 2013

  • Arthur S.

    I may not have a car this weekend so may need a carpool from Fremont. Call me[masked]

    July 22, 2013

  • Beate

    I would need a ride from Sf. Please send me a message if you can give me a ride!

    July 19, 2013

  • Lisa D.

    I love to go hiking on the weekend

    July 18, 2013

  • Don

    I don't see the usual info on how many BART trail miles this covers.

    July 17, 2013

    • Morris O.

      Probably because this hike is not on the Ridge Trail itself--the connection to the Ridge Trail is what we will be doing on August 28 on the East Bay Hills Hike listed here, which will connect up to the Ridge Trail, and continue on the Ridge Trail the following day after camping in Tilden Park.

      July 17, 2013

  • Morris O.

    This is a GREAT hike, and in fact we will be using the first part of this hike to start out the 5-day East Bay Hills Trails Benefit Hike this year!(That hike will continue to lunch at San Pablo Reservoir and then up to Inspiration Pt to camp in Tilden). I have done this route as quickly as 1 hour 38 minutes (on my horse), and about 4.75 hours hiking, and also taken as long as 6 hours, either way. I will be in Monterey while you are hiking, but you will not regret it if you sign up for this one. It is about 13.5 miles (says EBMUD) but relatively easy--no huge hills--and lots of bird life and wonderful views...

    BART from Orinda is pretty nearby, and right next to the Orinda 24 off-ramp, so somebody ought to be able to do a pick up there...

    July 17, 2013

  • Rene

    Edmond, how long do you estimate the hike will take?

    July 17, 2013

  • Nancy

    If, I get on I can do shuttle from Orinda BART.

    July 17, 2013

  • Philippe

    Will confirm. don't know yet on which side of the Bay I will be. ;-)
    Thanks Edmond.

    July 16, 2013

  • Mona

    carpool from SJ?

    July 16, 2013

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