Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

Beautiful trail, hilly but a lot of great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Very muddy. Saw 25+ cows.

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.

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!

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

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.

Steep incline, but the view from the top makes the trip well with the pain to get there.

A few hills, some great views. What’s not to like?

So many different trails you can take, we ended up doing a 6.5 mile hike, rather than the 2.4... My GF had control of the map.

Phew, that's a long one. Bring water.

An enjoyable 8+ mile loop with easy to moderate hills. The valley section is partly wooded, partly open range with lots of cows about. Atop the crest, the views of Martinez, Benicia and the Suisun Bay are beautiful. The trails consist of fire roads and heavily used tracks, mostly in good condition but with one or two washed out areas.

I'll definitely do it again but not in the summer. it's now beginning of June and we suffered our way up, we took the loop starting right and it's all up without any bit of shadow. I wonder if by taking the loop clockwise it would have been less strenuous. Good thing: my dog came back without ticks and he was jumping through the high grass constantly. Also we encountered many ponds on our way which he used to refresh. He clearly enjoyed it more than us.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice combination of creek side hike, open space and views of Mt Diablo

Great long hike. Not much shade. Lots of beautiful wildflowers. Lots of cows grazing at the beginning. Good views.

Great in the afternoon because you'll be in the shade. It's about 5 miles round-trip and takes me about 1 1/2 hours.

The hike was great all around not to much and not to less of a hike. The views are beautiful and green. Lots of cows around and are friendly to pass ...(they stayed laying down on the path as I passed them) This hike is great for running it once it drys up completely.

Cons; lots of cow poop, the weather was great but some areas had really muddy uphill and some areas were hard to see the actual path.


Summer is going to be great for this hike I can't wait to do it again.

I usually enter from the Reliez Valley Road entrance where Briones Horse Center is located, then take the Orchard Trail up to the Toyon loop, then back down the Alahambra Creek Trail from the lagoons at the top, but other than the one long hill (that takes me about 25 minutes from base to summit) it's a very mild trail, great for running and training. It can get VERY muddy in the rainy months, and stays wet for a longer time than you'd expect, but it's got great views from the top, lots of shade, and pretty lagoons.

In this park, it's vital to be aware of the horseback riders. Always yield to horses, and if you're approaching from behind, call out so they know you're there and ask how they'd like you to proceed to pass. This is both a rule, and a courtesy. They're big animals that get scared easily, no reason not to take a minute to be kind. :)

NO potable water on this loop though, so you'll want to bring your own for SURE. It gets hot.

Trail that we did was actually 9.7 miles but great workout up and down fire trails. Gorgeous and not heavily trafficked. Would be super hot in summer given there's not much shade. Plus we saw a puppy golden retriever at the end....so worth it obviously.

I love the trail but its NOT near Riverkern,Ca!! Its in Martinez,Ca! this is my first time using this app. I hope other trails are more accurate...

walking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

nice hiking for all ages wanting to break into the hiking craze.

hiking
Sunday, December 25, 2016

Not very challenging but Beautiful views. great for dogs. Make sure you check for ticks after! Found a few on my pup

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

I took the Seaborg Trail and hiked up to the Crescent Ridge Trail and back. For a total of 3.8 miles I finished in little more than an hour. Got some good workout with some fantastic sunset view on the way.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Longer loop that is less traveled than most of the trails on the Reliz Valley Rd side. A good cardio and a good place to put some miles on with less people

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The first time I did this hike was with my son in 2003. The last time was 4 months ago solo and there were a few other times in between. Plenty of hills but not really long or very steep. Just enough to get a good cardio and be able to enjoy the views and getting a workout and some miles on your feet.

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

The trails were wide and well marked. There are plenty of the fabulous views of the open spaces, Mt. Diablo and the watershed. No much shade on the trails but thanks for the cool winds from the Bay making it a pleasant hike.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

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 tracks 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.

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