Briones Regional Park Loop from Bear Creek Trail Head is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverkern, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
East Bay park offers ample solitude, abundant sunshine. Briones Regional Park covers more than 6,000 acres in the rolling East Bay hills between Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Hikers gravitating to Tilden Park to the west and Mount Diablo to the east often overlook Briones, so you'll have plenty of time alone on the the trails. There's a Goldilocks "just right" quality about hiking at Briones: Hills seem to top off just before your workout becomes a wear-out. The spring wildflower display is big enough to justify a visit from February to May, but not so spectacular that it attracts big crowds you might find at more popular parks. And it's only a few miles off Highway 24, the main route connecting Berkeley and Walnut Creek. The hike below represents a small sampling of the trails available from Briones' five trailheads. The park is prettiest in mid-April -- when the grassy hills turn a shimmering green, with the wildflowers providing dollops of orange, yellow and purple -- but it's also worth a visit in autumn, when the hills are still golden but the summer heat is fading. Winter is bound to be muddy, but the views are amazing after rains wash smog from the skies.
Very nice trail with good views up top. Nice hills to give you some good legwork but not overdo it. Great place to take your dog.
I visited this park during the Labor Day weekend: The hills are golden but summer heat was fading, and some wildflowers were still blooming. The panoramic views on the top were fantastic. It was a total enjoyable hike. I started at the Bear Creek parking lot. I took the Old Briones Road and turn left on Black Oak Trail. I continued on the Black Oak Trail and keeps ascending to the Mott Peak Peak Trail. Then I took the Briones Road and back to the parking lot. The first half was a fair amount of climbing but second half was a gradual descent. Total distance was 4.9 miles with elevation of 863 feet.
Nice, relaxing hike. Enough to get a soft sweat, but not enough to wear you out. Best part of the hike was how quiet it was. Very few other hikers. The first left onto Black Oak Trial can be a bit hard to spot.
This is a great park with many different trails to hike. I used the app to hike this and first thing is be very aware of the trails you want to be on. I missed a turn and had a 3 mile detour that took me all the way off the mountain and then hiked back up it. So know your trails and the ones you want. The last bit of trail is not used much at all and at the end there is supposed to be a bridge over a creek but it is out and you have to walk across the creek. Hard to get down to.
Watch out for the cows. They are everywhere as well as their dung. You are constantly avoiding the land mines. There are a lot of great spots to grab pictures.
I wish that they also had a few more benches to sit on at some of those vistas.