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Lafayette Ridge Trail is a 6.6 mile out and back trail located near Lafayette, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 1,190 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

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Located just a short drive from downtown San Francisco, Lafayette Ridge Trail is a moderate to difficult climb up to the summit of Russell Peak offering gorgeous views of Briones Regional Park, Mount Diablo, Lafayette and the surrounding Delta. Runners, hikers and dog walkers will be treated to rolling hills, ridges, wildflowers and abundant wildlife. Parking is available on Pleasant Hill Road just south of Springhill Elementary. Take Lafayette Ridge Trail until you hit Briones Crest Trail. Briones Regional Park offers gorgeous rolling, grassy hills and secluded, shady canyons and is surrounded by the towns of central Contra Costa County. Make sure to bring plenty of water as there is little shade cover on this route.

Park at the Lafayette Ridge Staging Area

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Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

A great ridge trail in Briones! You’ll go up and down once you get to the ridge. It’s beautiful there with great views of the East Bay. Trail is wide and straightforward. There’s often a nice breeze when you get to the ridge, which feels nice as it’s mainly exposed.

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Daniel Pereira
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Mountain biking

Lots of steep uphill and downhill, sometimes dangerous for an old school 26” hardtail bike. But lots of fun!!

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Dahlia Williams
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HikingNo shade

good workout due to the rolling hills but it is hot hot hot when it’s over 70 up there . good hike spot during covid midday during the week I only ran across 5 people

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Génevieve Tiangco
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Hiking

What a great roller coaster trail! Came out here with my cousins and we had a great time exploring this trail! The inclines were pretty challenging, but worth every peak! The views were stunning and delivers a sense of freedom and happiness! Everything was perfect; family, dogs, landscapes, natural elements #soulmedicine! Thank you

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mtcondie User
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Hiking

this was a steep hike. I had a cow whip a piece of poo at me from the end of its tail. The piece of poo found center mass and hit me square in the chest. The cow had pretty good aim, I was at least 30 ft away.

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Lan Nguyen
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HikingNo shade
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Jill B
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HikingMuddy

After a day of rain, it was a little muddy on the bottom, but a nice wide trail. Great for kids who need to get out!

red d.
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HikingNo shade

It’s long and uphill cows super close on the way down

Ivory Choyce
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Hiking

Good trail for incline. Wouldn't recommend on a hot day as there is no shade. Also saw 2 snakes but gorgeous views

Peter E.
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Hiking

Highly recommended for get in some good cardio.

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Mandy Collins
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HikingNo shade

Challenging, dog friendly trail close to home. Once you get to the second gate, the folks really thin out. It’s a climb all the way up, but the undulating, steep hills in the last 1/3-ish are the toughest. The views reward you throughout and there was a nice sprinkling of wildflowers. Just make sure to pack enough water for you and your pup. Oh! And we did cross paths with a rattlesnake in the “rollercoaster” hills section. Keep your eyes peeled :)

Haley Freese
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Hiking

This was probably the best hiking spot I’ve been to so far this year. If you’re looking for a challenge but want to see such amazing views along the entire way. This is it. I’m so glad I came here! Make sure to wear sunscreen and tons of water for those inclines!

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Natalia P
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Hiking

Great trail! Lots of up and down sections and dog friendly. Beautiful wildflowers & beautiful views

Esayas Wureta
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Hiking

I would say this is more in the hard side than moderate, but it’s awesome.

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Ashley McCaughan
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HikingNo shade
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Paul Handly
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HikingNo shade

Much nicer one you’re past the grazing lands, great views throughout. Almost no shade at all.

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N G
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Hiking

Wow such a hard trail but so beautiful! one of my favs

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Tara Brookhouser
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HikingNo shade

This hike was pretty good- like others have said, there is traffic noise at the beginning but it dissipates about half way in. From the look at the elevation, I thought the first half of heading out would be the hardest, but the end has many short steep hills that were quite tiring. The views at the end were great, and it was a good work out.

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Daniel Moreno
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HikingNo shade

Awesome paths, great views , get here early before it's packed

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Walnut Creek Man
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Hiking

Not a bad trail. Started at 7am. Traffic noise but beautiful green hills right now.

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Karen K
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HikingNo shade
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AllTrails User
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HikingMuddy
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Reyna Grown
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HikingMuddy
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Wade Walther
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Hiking

Brutal

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Alex Collins
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Hiking

Coyote.

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Evan Chin
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HikingMuddy

Super muddy right now, but if you stay on the paved trail it’s good. Nice little hike close to home.

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Geoffrey van den Brande
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HikingNo shade
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Brian Sinclair
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WalkingBridge out

Great hike. Bring water

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Rebecca Fisher
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HikingRockyScramble

This trail will definitely give you a good workout, lots of ridges (my legs were sore the next day)! Beautiful scenery and we passed maybe 5 other ppl, so quite secluded. We added another .5 mile to the end so we could get to the top and eat lunch at the picnic table. Definitely recommend add that last bit, it’s quite rewarding. Some scrambling because of the steep inclines and we wore trail running shoes, not hiking boots.

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