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great hike. we even kept going to the top of one of the hills. fantastic views to bencia to marin once you get to the top.

Great hike with varied terrain, just enough to push you but not too much to break you. The early peaks (just after the initial elevation) can be VERY windy. Hold on to your hats!

Fantastic views almost constantly from start to finish. A hidden gem. We hiked it at a leisurely/breaking for photographs pace in 3 hours.

First long trail in a while. Finished the 13.5 mile trek in 5.5 hours without much difficulty. This is a lengthy trail but I wouldn't consider this hard, as the roads and trails were well maintained.
Some portions of route do not allow dogs, even on a leash, and we did come across a police officer who asked for our EBMUD permit.

I’ve done this hike the last 2 weekends. Today was a bit windy but the views are beautiful.

excellent trail... challenging enough to make us work some but not so difficult as to be not enjoy overall distance and Beauty. phenomenal views worth the effort.
it is a long Hike and even being fit as well as an avid walker, took us 5.5 hours..... between the views, our own chatting and with others, pictures, snacks and stretching, be. prepared to give the time.
Inclines are there, as are snakes and the trail police so be wary. Don't go without Permit, which I bought and downloaded as we drove to trailhead from Berkeley.
dogs are allowed on parts of these trails but not all, so don't be fooled. lots of horse poop on trial so step carefully and we even finally saw an actual horse.

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14 days ago

Nice trail. Much of it is shaded. Dog friendly. Not terribly challenging, but enough hills to make it enjoyable.

Challenging hike with quite a few long, steep sections, nice views and a good deal of shade even midday

The terrain on this hike is actually moderate, but I’m guessing it was labeled as hard because of how long the loop is. It was nice to look out over the reservoir and I enjoyed the rolling hills, but I did get bored after a while especially while passing the quarry with a bunch of heavy machinery or whatever is going on there. It is currently January and some sections of the Oursan trail are quite muddy right now. Overall, s good work out but not the best of what the bay area has to offer.

The real good part only comes after reaching Briones Road, where it is open air and you get to take in the views of the rolling hills. Briones Peak was a tad disappointing though as my view was blocked by trees or maybe I’m doing something wrong. For a better view, take a right turn onto Briones Crest Trail, pass the two lakes onto Mott Peak Trail where you’d reach Mott Peak. There isn’t any resting bench there but views are so much better.

This is a great hike, wonderful views, nice terrain. It is nice going from oak/bay forests to open pasture with views. Great raptor viewing.

One heads-up: we went mid-january 2018 and the beginning part of Pine Tree Trail is closed (looks like the bridge over the creek got washed out). So, you need to do the Orchard Trail loop, which is fine, but it adds 1.2 miles to the entire hike.

Beautiful hike! A good way to start the new year!

Great hike, close to home for me.

This trail is sweet. I was looking for a trail with nice views that was easy enough for children yet still rewarding. The hike was pretty easy even for my 6 year old son. We were rewarded with awesome views of Mt Diablo and even got to see a coyote running around.

hiking
2 months ago

We parked at the Bear Creek Staging Area which costs $3 for parking if someone is at the kiosk or it's free to park if nobody is there to collect your money when you drive in.

This hike is a series of trails, so make sure you print out the pdf of the park map to bring with you and compare it to the map from All Trails. Even with that, we still managed to get lost. There is a lot of cow poop along the trail, so you will want to watch your feet so you don't step in any. You will also pass by cows who are near the trail, but they didn't bother us when we went and I made sure to give them space.

This trail made for a good winter hike and there was a bench mid way at 'Table Top' where we had our lunch. There are no significant features along the trail other than rolling hills and a couple small pools of water. I wouldn't take someone hiking here to impress them, but it's a good trail if you want to experience hiking at this park at least once.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail can get really muddy in the winter... The 1st time I did it was with my wife and 5 Golden Retreivers. Two women Rangers rode their horses through as we leashed up the dogs and stood off trail to let them by. We stayed there for about 10 minutes before we unleashed the dogs and unfortunately they took off to see the horses close up!!!! The Rangers started screaming and we got the dogs without any harm being done other than 2 angry Rangers. Hiked there at least 200 times and it was the only time I saw Rangers on horseback... There is also a nice little pond that my dogs always enjoyed.

My main go to for 15 years. I've done every foot of Briones over and over with or without many of my Golden Retreivers. I

You cannot follow this trail as described. At Hampton trail the loop dead ends. I jumped a fence and continued on the path for another mile but came across a second fence with a serious no trespassing sign. Had to turn back.

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3 months ago

This hike was moderately strenuous but doable for the average person. Parking is great but does fill up if you do a late morning early afternoon hike. The hike begins as a steady climb until you reach elevation 1300. Afterwards it is a rolling up and down hike. This was not the most beautiful but it did have a good panoramic view of Rossmore, Walnut Creek and Benicia. The hike was mostly in sun and very little shade so bring water and hat. I brought my dog and he had a great workout. Many people bring their dogs and many walk them off lease. Con against hike was lots of cow/horse droppings for the dogs to walk on and roll in. The area is a cattle area so that would be expected. I ran into lots of people so it was not a solitude type of hike. Almost a little to crowded for my taste but the people who hiked it were friendly.

Great workout!! a small part of the loop is a private property. Bear Creek trail requires a permit. make sure you’ve acquired one before you go. This was a birthday hike for me today, November 23rd!!

Did this yesterday and what a beautiful day for a hike. . .Loved the cows.

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