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Hike Details for Briones Crest Loop

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Briones Regional Park
Briones Crest Loop

Briones Crest Loop
Click the Staging Area/Trail Name above for park information.
City: Lafayette/Martinez
Region: EastBay
Park: Briones Regional Park
Park Map URL: Click Here

Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 10:00 AM


Event Notes:

A moderate 6-mile, 1550-foot elevation gain loop hike from the Alhambra Staging Area past Briones Peak. Route as described in the Trail Notes. And a short rest/snack stop at about the halfway point. Restroom and water at the staging area. Dogs welcome, off-leash OK on most of the trails. Driving directions from Dublin/San Ramon should take 680 and 24 Fwys to Pleasant Valley Road and then follow the 'From Berkley/Oakland' directions. Kiosk probably closed so there should not be a parking fee.

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


Trail Notes:

From the trailhead, we'll take the Alhambra Creek Trail and Spengler Trail (turning right) to Briones Crest Trail and turn left. This stretch rises to Briones Peak at 1,483 feet in just 2.5 miles! It is the highest point in the park and grants a panoramic view of the East Bay's rolling hillsides. The view includes Mount Diablo, the west Delta, Suisun Bay, and the Mothball Fleet. To complete the loop, we'll turn left on Spengler Trail, and then right on Diablo View Trail. Total distance is 8.16 miles or 3-5 hours.


Trailhead Directions:
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From Dublin/San Ramon, travel 680 North past Walnut Creek/Concord. Take Hwy 4 West, then follow directions from Antioch/Pittsburg (below).

From Antioch/Pittsburg, travel Hwy 4 West and take the Alhambra Avenue exit. Turn south on Alhambra Avenue and drive to Alhambra Valley Road. Bear right on Alhambra Valley Road and drive one mile to Reliez Valley Road. Turn left on Reliez Valley Road and drive .5 mile to the parking area on the right. Look for the trailhead indicating Alhambra Creek Trail.

From Berkeley/Oakland, take Hwy 24 East thru the Caldecutt Tunnel. Take the Pleasant Hill Road exit onto Pleasant Hill Road North. After approximately 2 miles, continue on Taylor Road. Go about 2 miles and turn left onto Grayson Blvd. Turn right onto Reliez Valley Road. Continue for 1.6 miles and watch for the trailhead on the left.

Parking Fee: $5 when attended
Other Fees: $2 dog fee

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Sunday, July 02, 2006.

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