Briones Reservoir to Inspiration Pt.

City: Orinda

Sunday, May 25, 2008 @ 9:00 AM

Event Notes:

This is a difficult hike with a dangerous Road crossing. Make sure you can and do want to do it. If you are unsure, please contact me and we will figure it out. The Road crossing is safe, but you have to do it my way. Restroom at Briones and Inspiration, but no water. Bring lots of fluids. No dogs. You need to bring your EBMUD hiking permit. Each permitted hiker can have 3 guests, so that is not a show stopper if you don't have one. Please bring your camera and send me your best picture.

Contact: Andrew Kincaid
Cell Phone: (925)

Trail Notes:

This is a difficult 4.5 hour hike of 9.0 miles and 1,200 feet of elevation gain to one of the most scenic spots in the East Bay, Inspiration Pt. All of the elevation gain occurs in a two mile stretch. Please do not attempt this if you are are not a frequent hiker. To get to Inspiration Trail, we have to cross San Pablo Dam Rd. No light and dangerous. Vehicles doing 60MPH. We will cross in small groups with a leader and 4 hikers max. It has to be done quickly. If you you are not comfortable with the crossing, please do not try this. Remember, we have to cross twice. This is an out and back hike. Good hiking shoes, and hiking poles are recommended. You need to have your EBMUD hiking permits on your person. The Rangers check.

Directions to Trailhead:

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.

TrailHead Parking Fee: none
Other Fees: none

The trailhead information on this page was last updated Wednesday, February 19, 2014.