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Hike Details for Briones Reservoir to Inspiration Pt.

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Briones Reservoir to Inspiration Pt.

City: Orinda
Region: EastBay

Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Event Notes:

This is a SATURDAY hike. It is strenuous. 9 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain. We descend from the Overlook to San Pablo Dam trail. Here we hike through woodlands, past the delicious plum trees to the Inspiration trail. Now we have to cross San Pablo Dam Road. The vehicles are going 65 MPH so we have be careful and quick. Then comes the tough part. We have a 2 mile trek to Inspiration Pt and it's all sun. About 1,000 feet of gain. We will take a 15 minute break here. Restrooms and picnic tables at IP but no water at either park. Make sure you bring enough. We still have to climb the 600ft Overlook hill on our return. We just go slow. I will bring a cooler full of cold drinks to share. Please do the same if you wish to. I submitted the Trail Notes and forget about the 600 ft climb to Overlook.

Contact: Andrew Kincaid
Cell Phone: (925)

Trail Notes:

This is a difficult 4.5 hour hike of 9.0 miles and 1,200 feet of elevation gain to one of the most scenic spots in the East Bay, Inspiration Pt. All of the elevation gain occurs in a two mile stretch. Please do not attempt this if you are are not a frequent hiker. To get to Inspiration Trail, we have to cross San Pablo Dam Rd. No light and dangerous. Vehicles doing 60MPH. We will cross in small groups with a leader and 4 hikers max. It has to be done quickly. If you you are not comfortable with the crossing, please do not try this. Remember, we have to cross twice. This is an out and back hike. Good hiking shoes, and hiking poles are recommended. You need to have your EBMUD hiking permits on your person. The Rangers check.

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.

Parking Fee: none
Other Fees: none

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

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