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Briones Regional Park-Briones Road Staging Area; 7 miles

This is a fun one for the squirrel hunters and swimmers, the forest runners and the star thistle jumpers.  Pretty views, benches, shade and sun (maybe).  Some minor hill-age.

 

ROUTE:

Old Briones Rd Trail / Valley / Yerba Buena / Crescent Ridge / Briones Crest / Old Briones Rd to Staging Area.

 

DIRECTIONS TO STAGING AREA:

From Hwy 4, exit on Alhambra Ave and go south.
Take 1st right (stoplight) on Alhambra Valley Rd.

At T-intersection (stop sign) turn right to stay on Alhambra Valley Rd.

Go 0.1 miles, pass the windmill farm, and turn on the 1st road, Briones Rd.  It's easy to miss so watch for it.  It's a small windy uphill road that dead ends at the staging area.

From the East 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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  • Jenny B.

    Ellen, you missed a great one! Thanks to Ben and Laura for providing photos. Hope you don't mind I edited some.

    November 18, 2012

  • Jenny B.

    I haven't smiled so much in ages!

    November 18, 2012

  • evelyn

    Even in the rain and mud, a nice hike. Thanks Jenny for understanding Audrey's reluctance and waiting for us until Audrey decided it was time to go back to the car. Good to see old friends of the 2 and 4 legged variety!

    November 17, 2012

  • Ellen B.

    Jenny, there is no way we could get there in time with this rain. So sorry to miss it!

    November 17, 2012

  • Ellen B.

    Is there any intensity of rain that cancels this, or are we going no matter what?

    November 17, 2012

    • Jenny B.

      We'll go, rain or shine.

      November 17, 2012

  • Jenny B.

    @ Ryan W.: We're a perfect match! I'm bringing 2 tri's and a quad (10/12 legs). @Ben: Moi??? NEVER! By the way, I've ordered some mud overboots for hiking in winter. You're going to be sooo jealous!

    November 16, 2012

    • Jenny B.

      Erm, you're signed up for both hikes, Ben. You're going to have to fly if you want to do Briones and make it down to Redwood in 1.5 hours.

      November 16, 2012

  • ben

    Hey Jenny ..you aren"t going to wus out are you like 'elaine?

    November 16, 2012

  • Jenny B.

    Evelyn, you'd better come this time! 7 miles is the distance, actually a little less.

    1 · November 15, 2012

    • evelyn

      Yes! But if it's really raining I can tell you that Audrey won't go - she has a strong opinion about it so I'm hoping we'll catch a break at 9am.

      November 15, 2012

    • Jenny B.

      You'll have to get her an umbrella hat. :P

      November 16, 2012

  • ben

    oh great..competing walks..Jenny..do you think it will be easier if muddy at Briones than the Redwoods?

    November 15, 2012

    • Jenny B.

      It's a toss up. They both have their low points.

      November 15, 2012

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