City: Orinda/Lafayette Park: Briones Reservoir
13.2 miles in 75% sun with lots of hills. This is not an easy hike, so please be aware of your ability and stamina. Haven't decided whether to go clockwise or counter-clockwise yet, but will make that decision on Sunday. No dogs are allowed on the Bear Creek trail. An EBMUD permit is required. Please plan on arriving by 8:00 a.m. to sign in. If you do not have a permit, please make arrangements with someone who does. We will start hiking at 8:15 a.m. Please bring plenty of water as this hike can be difficult especially if it is very warm next Sunday. The staging area has a bathroom with a flush toilet, but no other services until we reach the Bear Creek staging area.Contact: Diane Erbeznik
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.