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Hike Details for Briones Reservoir Overlook hike

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Briones Reservoir
Briones Reservoir Overlook hike

Briones Reservoir Overlook hike
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City: Orinda/Lafayette
Region: EastBay
Park: Briones Reservoir

Sunday, June 24, 2007 @ 9:15 AM


Event Notes:

This is a long hike that Will and I are co-leading - 13.1 (give or take) miles in 50% sun/50% shade - that follows along the beautiful Briones Reservoir. We start out on the Bear Creek Trail and finish up on the Oursan Trail. Part of the trail will be on the Bear Creek Trail which does not allow dogs and the rangers frequently patrol the area. Be sure to meet at the correct staging area: Briones Reservoir Overlook Staging Area. If you get to Happy Valley Road off of Bear Creek Road, you've gone too far. The staging area is the first LEFT once you turn right onto Bear Creek Road (approximately 2 miles) from Highway 24 and Camino Pablo. Minimal elevation gain, but this hike is for experienced hikers only because of the length of the hike. We only stop for a couple of 5 minute breaks and about 10-15 minute lunch at mid-point. The Briones Reservoir Overlook Staging area requires the EBMUD permit. Each person with a permit is permitted to have 4 people on their permit. Permits must be carried on the holder of the permit since the Park Rangers sometimes patrol the trails and ask to see it. There is a bathroom at the trailhead, and a port-a-potty at the next staging area (about 3.5 miles). After that, there are no other facilities. Bring plenty of water since it may be hot. Please only attempt this hike if you are an experienced hiker because of the length of the hike. If in doubt, please don't attempt.

Contact: Diane Erbeznik
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 348-0014


Trailhead Directions:

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.

Other Fees: EBMUD permit required

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

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