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Did the Seabord to Crest loop and it was spectacular. Small creek, so many beautiful wild flowers phenomenal views. Great workout. Lots of steep up and downs. Nice trail. I would suggest staying in the trail. We took my dogs and went off trail for picnic and came out covered in nettles and ticks so that was a bit of a nuisance to have to pick off, but if you stick on the trail should be fine.

Park easy to find - heads up gates dont open until 8AM however parked down the street at Bear Creek staging area. Trail in good condition however you need long pants the first 1 mile - fairly overgrown. Steep on the font end but levels out. Very nice views - very little coverage Didnt see anyone until mile 6 however was on trail at 630

I run here a lot. great place close to home. love this little trail!

This hike is ok, kind of boring though. As far as possible routes at Briones, I think you can probably piece together something yourself that is a lot more rewarding. Personally I wouldn't consider this hard but it's all relative. There's one stretch right in the beginning that is a little rough if you're not prepared but after that, it's pretty easy. Decent hike, good distance for something after work before sunset but overall, I don't think I'd do this one again.

Great hike. It is definitely not hard, but I guess that’s relative. I will say it was moderate for anyone at slow, fun pace. Pretty scenic even when I went on a cloudy day. Did a good amount of detours and climbed the Briones peak, which is not for everyone. Good views though and a much easier way back down through other trails. Saw some wild turkeys and a fox; not to mention lots of cattle. Wear good gripped shoes with enough threads. Some downhill parts of the trail are pretty slippery without good shoes.

Great 2-2.5 hour afternoon hike, especially after all the rain: very green, beautiful wildflowers, great views, plenty of cows, and not too muddy. The lagoons are especially picturesque.

Briones was my playground for a decade and I've done every inch more times than I care to admit. I was the guy you saw who always had 2 or 3 Golden Retrievers with me for a decade.

Nice views & a good moderate length hike. Part shaded/woodland & part grassland. Parking was available at the trailhead. We’ll be back!

Beautiful hike, low land canyon with a canopy of oaks that rises up to ridge lines overlooking rolling hills. Amazing 360 degree views. Love this hike!

Beautiful trail, hilly but a lot of great views!

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2 months ago

Hiked this trail on a cloudy day, a day after some evening rain. The clouds made for a perfect hike as there is not much shade along the trail. The rain, however, created quite a bit of mud along the hike which made it more of a upper moderate hike today. Had to navigate around some thick mud and soft footing. Beautiful scenery throughout the trail, from the rolling hills to the cows to the views of the Carquinez Strait.

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2 months ago

Very muddy. Saw 25+ cows.

Awesome, trails all over with hills and great views of the delta/Mt Diablo.

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.

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

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3 months 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 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.

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4 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.

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5 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

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5 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.

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

Pretty, tons of cows, but a little on the short side. I ended up making this a loop via the crest and valley trail. Would definitely come back again.

Nice little hike along the creek. There is a gravel trail/road that is west of the creek and runs alongside the other trail. Make sure to get on the trail and not on the road at the beginning because you can't jump over the creek and will be in the sun the entire time if not. Nice views of Diablo and not crowded at all. Would be tough after any rain.

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