Bear Creek Staging Area

Bear Creek Staging Area
City: Orinda
Park: Briones Regional Park
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Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

Dan will lead a moderate approximately 6.5 mile 900-foot elevation gain, loop hike in Briones Regional Park to Russel Peak. Route will be Old Briones Rd Trail, Valley Trail, Yerba Buena Trail, Crescent Ridge Trail, and Briones Crest Trail to the Russel Peak bench/overlook (4 mile point) where we will rest/snack and enjoy the view. Return (2.5 miles) will be Briones Crest Trail, Seaborg Trail, and Bear Creek Trail back to the parking lot. Water/porta-potty at trail head. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on these trails. Kiosk probably will not be manned so there should not be any fees. Park in lot to the left of the kiosk.

Contact: Howard   
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 548-8783


Trail Notes:

Briones' 6,255 acres are home to many animals and birds, which forage on the grasslands or find shelter among the oaks and bays. You may see black-tailed deer, coyotes, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and, if you are lucky, other more reclusive creatures. There are gorgeous wildflower displays in season.


Directions to Trailhead:

Exit Highway 24 at the Orinda/Camino Pablo exit 9 and head toward Richmond on Camino Pablo for 2.2 miles. Turn right on Bear Creek Rd/Wildcat Canyon Rd and travel about 4.5 miles. The staging area is on the right slightly past the Happy Valley Rd intersection. From Richmond take San Pablo Dam Rd to Bear Creek Road/Wildcat Canyon Rd and turn left. Then follow above info to reach the staging area. For map users, the intersection of Bear Creek Rd and Happy Valley Rd is close to the staging area.

TrailHead Parking Fee: $3 when kiosk attend
Other Fees: $2 per dog

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The trailhead information on this page was last updated Thursday, November 30, 2017.