Alhambra Creek Trail is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Lafayette, CA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until June. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
A great hike through nice cool shaded groves. A great choice for a hot day. Briones peak offers views from 1483' Take Alhambra Creek Trail To the Spengler Trail. Take Spengler to the Old Briones Road Trail. Continue to Briones Crest Trail to the Summit
Briones is a great place to hike. It gets more traffic now than it ever has. Keep you eyes open. There are a few single tracts that are off the map that you'll enjoy! It was my go to and my training grounds for a decade. Miss it now that I live out of the area...and MT Diablo as well.
I started at the Alhambra Creek Trail. It was mostly shaded. At the end I turned left and followed the Spengler Trail. From Spengler Trail I climbed up onto the Diablo View Trail. This part I had a good view of Mt. Diablo. From there I descended to the parking lot. The loop was short and easy. It took me less than an hour to complete.
Easy, pleasant loop of Reliez Valley Rd and Alhambra staging area.
Best when it isn't hot!
Lots of trails, great parking... but prepare to pay for the privilege. My 1st impression- HOT! It seems like there are plenty of shade opportunities, but most of the time it lasted too short. Bring lots of water , sunblock and a hat. The trails aren't as well marked as I would have liked, even using a map we went pretty far off the path we had planned. There are some very steep exposed trails, you may want to stay on the fire break if you like an easier hike. This is where the bonus of satellite access and a smartphone saved the day. Don't leave home without it! Otherwise there are many trails to explore. It's one big dry crisp fire hazard, I will revisit in the late fall or early spring next time.
Beautiful views! Awesome hike. Nothing too strenuous. Great for dogs too. Lots of animals like cows and coyotes and birds!