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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, October 14, 2007 @ 9:00 AM


Event Notes:

While I am notorious for doing the entire Briones Reservoir loop, this hike will be an abbreviated hike. We will take the Bear Creek trail to the first gate and back - for a total of about 6.5 miles. The majority of this hike is on a single track trail with a canopy of trees. While the trail is gentle rolling hills, the inclement weather may make the trails slightly slippery. I'd like to get an earlier start to take advantage of the early morning wildlife before the trails become too crowded. EBMUD Permit Required. No dogs are allowed on the Bear Creek Trail.

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


Trail Notes:

This is an out and back single trail hike about 6-7 miles round trip on the Bear Creek Trail. It could go longer if we go out through the gate rather than turn around. For distance purposes, to the gate and back is slightly more than 6 miles. Going beyond the gate only takes you another 1/2 mile to a 2nd gate that doesn't appear to have any access to...however, it does take you to the Bear Creek Staging area. So going to the first gate would yield a round trip distance of about 6 miles total, whereas continuing on to the second gate yields instead about 7 miles total.


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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