Briones Regional Park Loop from Bear Creek Trail Head

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Briones Regional Park

Briones Regional Park Loop from Bear Creek Trail Head is a 10.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lafayette, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.6 km Elevation Gain: 356 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


East Bay park offers ample solitude, abundant sunshine. Briones Regional Park covers more than 6,000 acres in the rolling East Bay hills between Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Hikers gravitating to Tilden Park to the west and Mount Diablo to the east often overlook Briones, so you'll have plenty of time alone on the the trails. There's a Goldilocks "just right" quality about hiking at Briones: Hills seem to top off just before your workout becomes a wear-out. The spring wildflower display is big enough to justify a visit from February to May, but not so spectacular that it attracts big crowds you might find at more popular parks. And it's only a few miles off Highway 24, the main route connecting Berkeley and Walnut Creek. The hike below represents a small sampling of the trails available from Briones' five trailheads. The park is prettiest in mid-April -- when the grassy hills turn a shimmering green, with the wildflowers providing dollops of orange, yellow and purple -- but it's also worth a visit in autumn, when the hills are still golden but the summer heat is fading. Winter is bound to be muddy, but the views are amazing after rains wash smog from the skies.

Great trail with moderate traffic, hikers all do respect social distancing. Beautiful colors by different flowers

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2 months ago

Great moderate route with excellent views to the north as far as Richmond and East as far as Mount Diablo. fairly exposed except for maybe the last third of the route. Beautiful and bright green in March. More yellow in October.

Great views! Saw a big snake! Awesome experience!

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Sun Apr 21 2019

This is a great spring hike! Great views of the hills, lots of greenery, and great colorful patches of wildflowers. The trail is actually pretty easy except for a couple of steep sections. There were only two muddy patches which were easy to navigate (boots are helpful). Watch out for bikes, which can come screaming down the hills.

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Sun Apr 07 2019

Lovely hike. The Seaborg trail is extremely muddy right now, we had to leave the trail for about 1/2 mile.

Sun Jan 06 2019

You have to take the trail along the barb wire fence to get to the highest point.

Sat Oct 20 2018

Best trail ever

Wed Sep 19 2018

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.

Sun Sep 16 2018

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.

Mon Feb 19 2018

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.

Sun Feb 18 2018

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

Tue Mar 28 2017

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.

Sun Feb 26 2017

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...

Fri Sep 16 2016

Very nice trail with good views up top. Nice hills to give you some good legwork but not overdo it. Great place to take your dog.

Sat Sep 03 2016

I visited this park during the Labor Day weekend: The hills are golden but summer heat was fading, and some wildflowers were still blooming. The panoramic views on the top were fantastic. It was a total enjoyable hike. I started at the Bear Creek parking lot. I took the Old Briones Road and turn left on Black Oak Trail. I continued on the Black Oak Trail and keeps ascending to the Mott Peak Peak Trail. Then I took the Briones Road and back to the parking lot. The first half was a fair amount of climbing but second half was a gradual descent. Total distance was 4.9 miles with elevation of 863 feet.

Sat Feb 06 2016

Nice, relaxing hike. Enough to get a soft sweat, but not enough to wear you out. Best part of the hike was how quiet it was. Very few other hikers. The first left onto Black Oak Trial can be a bit hard to spot.

Sun May 05 2013

This is a great park with many different trails to hike. I used the app to hike this and first thing is be very aware of the trails you want to be on. I missed a turn and had a 3 mile detour that took me all the way off the mountain and then hiked back up it. So know your trails and the ones you want. The last bit of trail is not used much at all and at the end there is supposed to be a bridge over a creek but it is out and you have to walk across the creek. Hard to get down to. Watch out for the cows. They are everywhere as well as their dung. You are constantly avoiding the land mines. There are a lot of great spots to grab pictures. I wish that they also had a few more benches to sit on at some of those vistas.

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