Briones Overlook via Bear Creek Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Orinda, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 931 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

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horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A pleasant out-and-back using the Bear Creek Trail skirting the south and east shores of Briones Reservoir and ending near Briones Overlook staging area. A wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers make this an ideal nature-study hike. NOTE: Trail use permit required. No bicycles or dogs allowed on trails. If you are going to do this as a shuttle trip, leave a car at the EBMUD Briones Overlook staging area, 1.4 miles northeast of Camino Pablo on Bear Creek Road. Then continue to the Bear Creek staging area. Check in is at trailhead for EBMUD permit info.

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11 months ago

Lovely trail, mostly shade, great views of water. Not too difficult. The downsides are the out and back aspect - I'd probably arrange a car at the opposite end - and a portion of the trail runs just below the road, which takes you out of the nature experience.

Beautiful trail; since I don’t have a sshuttle, I went 3 miles then hiked back. Narrow track, so keep alert, and watch out for horse poop. There’s a fair bit.

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Sat Sep 16 2017

Pleasant morning hike. Trail not busy and lovely views of the watershed.

Sun Apr 30 2017

A trail so full of beautiful wildlife. very easy 7 mi in & back. we saw a family of deer, rabbits, a variety of birds, and a rattlesnake. Check in is at trailhead for EBMUD permit info. No dogs.

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Mon Oct 24 2016

Excellent trail that is mostly single track out and back along Briones reservoir. I've seen plenty of deer on this trail and being along the water many different types of waterfowl and hawks. The trail itself doesn't have any long, tough hills but is just a little up and down roll most of the time. It was one of my favorite little trails around the bay.

Tue Sep 20 2016

Couldn't even go on the trails bc they all require permits. That you have to get from other parks.

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Fri Sep 16 2016

You can do bear Creek Trail without a permit but to do the backside of Briones Res you have to have a EBMUD permit that you can get at their office on the way to San Pablo Res nearby. Cheap and well worth it and is good for several years and allows others to go with you. The loop around the lake is 16 miles I think and is a great hike.

Sun Aug 28 2016

you need a permit and the water walk does not allow dogs

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