City: Orinda Park: Briones Regional ParkAlternate URL: Click Here
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
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.