Alamo, Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail, Stage Ravine and Little Yosemite Valley Loop

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Alamo, Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail, Stage Ravine and Little Yosemite Valley Loop is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alamo, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

views

wildlife

no dogs

Diablo Foothills is an imposing and inspiring gateway to the beautiful parklands of Mt Diablo State Park and Walnut Creek Open Space. The foothills’ 1,060 acres are valued for their interesting geologic formations, their sweeping panoramas of the San Francisco Bay Region and the rural quality of the adjacent rolling grasslands. This route starts out in a suburban neighborhood and follows a regional trail to take you quickly into rustic parklands. You will enjoy rolling hills of scattered oak woodland, beautiful rock outcrops, and a meandering, seasonal creek as you make your way around the loop. In Pine Canyon, keep your eyes open for peregrine falcons, as they are known to use the rocky cliffs for nest sites. Make sure to bring water and use the restroom before you take off for the hike; there are no amenities in the staging area. Dogs are not allowed on the trails in Diablo State Park. Park at the Livorna Staging Area, cross Livorna Road, and make the first right onto Serafix Road. Once on Serafix Road, take an immediate left through three fence posts to access the Alamo Trail. Follow Alamo Trail behind the housing development and uphill through a cattle gate. Continue uphill past the next trail marker, making your way past the water tank. At the next trail marker turn right onto Hanging Valley Trail. Continue until the next intersection where you will turn right onto the Briones-To-Mt. Diablo Regional Trail. Shortly, you will pass through the gate that divides EBRPD parklands and Mt. Diablo State Park. Stay on the trail as it goes over the rolling hills, passing the giant outcrops of rocks on your right. At the fork in the road stay to the right; at the next trail post, turn left onto Little Yosemite Trail. Follow Little Yosemite Trail as it winds along the hill and follows the seasonal creek. Cross the small wooden footbridge and continue straight; the trail will become Stage Road Trail. Follow Stage Road Trail to the left for about .75 miles and then turn left onto Fairly Lantern Trail which leads you to Buckeye Ravine Trail. Ascending the hill, Buckeye Ravine Trail will lead you steeply through the narrows of two hills. At the plateau, make a left at the next trail post onto Mokelumne Coast-To-Crest Trail. At the next immediate fork in the road stay to the left and stay on Mokelumne Coast-To-Crest Trail for .81 miles. Turn right at the next trail post onto Hanging Valley Trail for .34 miles. At the next trail post make a left, continuing downhill on Alamo Trail. Alamo Trail will take you all the way back to the Livorna Staging Area where you parked.

hiking
1 month ago

This should not be rated as hard. I've done moderate rated trails that were harder than this. Fire roads mostly, but once you get to Little Yosemite, then you have some single track. The huffer and puffer was Buckeye Ravine Trail - if you follow the written directions. That will get your heart pumping for sure.
I saw some turkeys and deer very early on in my hike. You are in the sun for a lot of this trail, so plan accordingly.

There were way too many bicycles and horses on this trail for my liking. I'd do it again when the hills are green, but only during the work week, not on a holiday or weekend. Between the cow and horse poop, all you do is keep your eyes glued to the trail to step over it. Perhaps that is why the trail is rated hard.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike both in winter and spring when I lived close...

5 months ago

Beautiful in early spring!

17 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Sunday, April 23, 2017