Explore the most popular birding trails in Briones Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
22 hours ago

Nice trail and mostly uphill. Great workout though and getting to the top is worth it. Gorgeous views when you are able to see them. Bring plenty of water.

We just this trail this morning. I’m a once a week hiker and we went as a group of 13. We did the entire red highlighted track. In the end it was more like 7.5 miles. We considered this hike...HARD as it was long and took us through several incline hills. We started at 8:04am and completed it at 11:10am. If I hiked a lot, I would agree it’s a moderate rating but if your a beginner I would say it is hard. For beginners take the Alhambra Creek path which cuts across. From the parking lot go through the gate and at the open field take the trail to the left instead of the right side and follow the dotted lines. It will still give you a workout but not as difficult. It’s still a great hike. Lots of shaded trees and a beautiful view at the top of the hill.

Out visiting from Colorado and we were jonsin for a hike. Born and raised in the Walnut Creek area but never visited Briones before. Took a family visit to go here. Enough history...great hike. Secluded even though you are minutes from town and very easy up and town trail that meanders through the woods. Highly recommended.

Hiked this trail today with my pup (Sep 15). Great weather and had large sections of the trail where I couldn't see or hear anyone. It felt very secluded and had great views throughout, which I loved. Solid workout (~3hrs/1000 cals) and it had inclines/declines throughout. Plenty of lizards and cows. Bikers and horses on trail. Plenty of parking and $3 park entrance fee. Out in the open for majority of trail. Wear trail shoes or hiking boots.

Peaceful and pleasant morning walk. A bit dusty this time of the year.

Nice trail. Shade for about 50% of time

Not too many people on this trail. It is beautiful there.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike (loop) from Alhambra Creek station. Partially shaded, wide trails leading up to the lagoons at the top of the trail with clear views across the bay on a clear day. This is a fair weather hike.

Great hike. We went early in the morning to beat the heat (which I highly recommend). Little shade on this hike but not much tall grass so it was great for my pup. Keep dogs on leash at all times, we had some snake sightings.

Lovely trail challenging enough to feel like a good work out. If you go counterclockwise the majority of the elevation gain is done in the shade. Nice views of Mt Diablo and the East Bay.

Nice trail, very few people, dog friendly and a couple good climbs.

Moderate 1hr round trip hike when I just want to get out in open countryside but don’t have a lot of time. I’ve done this high a hundred times, in all seasons. Easy, relaxing, and pretty.

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.

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!

hiking
7 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.

hiking
7 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.

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

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.

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