Toyon Canyon Trail to Lagoon Trail Loop

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Briones Regional Park

Toyon Canyon Trail to Lagoon Trail Loop is a 5 mile loop trail located near Martinez, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.0 miElevation gain1,361 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewsWildlifeMuddy
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David and Mary Luckhardt
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More vetch today. Chinese Houses

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Whendy Costa
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Laurén Greene
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Love. Beautiful but lots of hills and muddy after rain

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Laura McKeegan
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Carole Noel
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It was a great hike with the weather was nice and not hot. I followed the trail counter clockwise that made it easy on my knees.

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Sam Kasten
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David May
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Brittnie Pimental
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HikingOff trailOver grownWashed out

I accidentally went on this trail about a year ago. Definitely very “off the track” feel that verged on slightly dangerous due to tons of leaves making the ground very slick and it being a straight fall at some points too. My two dogs, boyfriend and I did it and were thoroughly exhausted as not avid hikers (me more than him). It’s predominantly uphill going up (of course). Very nice views. You will see cows around and lots of cows, in my experience, all around Briones!

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Casey Lester
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Great trail! Went counterclockwise and really enjoyed the challenge. Great view and cute cows. Note - trailhead looks closed but if you walk up the service road, the trailhead is accessible.

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Carla Rivera
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A lot of steep hills but beautiful scenery. Downside is all the cow poo and the cows that kind of freaked us out

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Liz Morgan
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Beautiful. Counter clockwise will kick your ass!

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Carly Donovan
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Great hike! Bit of a challenging uphill climb to the lagoon loop trail. Great exercise. Beautiful 360 views of the bay at the peak about 2.5 miles in. Just over 5 miles total. Will come back.

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Vincent Long
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Steep hills but a good hike lots of trails to go on once you start. Lots of cow

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Francelle Lusetti
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this was a nice challenging trail. some cows were blocking the road way but moved. Great dog area but watch out for the poison Oak. Took my 62 year mom with me, she wasnt happy lol.

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Liz Morgan
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Hard hike. Beautiful views. Took a little over 2 hours for 5 miles. Trailhead wasn’t easy to find if you haven’t been there before.

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AllTrails User
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Beautiful views at the top and a nice fire road through the woods. Very, very muddy right now. Several inches of mud in some areas. You need waterproof shoes for sure. Tough flowing hills. Will do again after it dries up a bit.

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Kayla Moreland
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HikingMuddyWashed out

A friend and I hiked this trail on Black Friday. Note that the beginning of the Pine Tree Trail is washed out, so we had to start on the Orchard Trail. No big deal, it just adds a little more distance. This trail has lots of great inclines to get the blood pumping. I’m glad we did this on a cool day because I’m sure it gets super hot. There was a lot of cow poo all over, but at least it didn’t smell. We finally found some cows up on the ridge. We also saw lots of animal tracks and a red-tailed hawk, an egret, and some other birds in the lagoons.

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Carl Denyer
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Standard fire trail width with road apples, and steeper inclines/declines when they happen. More shaded than not, with free ranging cows that gathered at the watering hole and/or shade. Minor bugs and obedient off-leash dogs with their owners. Not too crowded either.

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Brian Sinclair
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Fun time

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Ben Cucjen
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half the loop.

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sslucky S
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maybe it was time of day but we started off around 1:30pm. clear blue sky but windy... treetops were swaying and branches were creaking as if they were going to crack off and fall down. the pine tree trail is partly closed so that was a bit confusing... we took orchard trail and went for a bit... on the left side as we were hiking up were some homes... it was like hiking in someone's backyard! as we added more steps into the hike away from our car, it began to feel a bit eerie. while it was nice to have the whole trail to ourselves... we came upon a partly hidden wooden box behind a tree right next to the trail. it was probably the size of a large dumpster. I honestly decided at that moment that we should probably head back. we headed back to the car and called it a day... but the part of the trail we hiked was shaded, great incline, and wide enough to drive through. also saw a lot of horseshoe markings on the ground...

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Brad Gallien
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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.

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Nuria Vendrell Llopis
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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.

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Sarah Pipkin
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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.

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Megan Halligan
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Gina Ferguson
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Jr Gold
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