City: Orinda/Lafayette Park: Briones Reservoir
An out-and-back hike on EBMUD's single track Bear Creek Trail starting from the Briones Overlook Staging Area to the Bear Creek Staging Area.
A choice of either a 6-mile or 8-mile hike, with the shorter hike turning back at the gate and the longer hike continuing to the Bear Creek Staging Area.
Bathroom facility at the start and another at the Bear Creek Staging Area for those choosing the longer hike. But no drinking water.
Bring your EBMUD hiking permit. No dogs allowed on the Bear Creek Trail. For trailhead location search www.googlemaps.com for: Overlook Staging Area, Bear Creek Rd, CA.
From highway 24 westbound take the Orinda exit.
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Orinda Village/Richmond and merge onto Camino Pablo.
Continue on Camino Pablo for 2.2 miles to Bear Creek Road.
From highway 24 eastbound take the exit toward Moraga. Turn left onto Camino Pablo and continue for 2.3 miles to Bear Creek Road.
At Bear Creek Road (traffic signal) turn right and drive 1.4 miles to the Briones Overlook staging area on the left. It is very near the top of a big hill. Easy to miss, so drive slow. Big parking lot, small entrance.