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It’s a good spot for a walk/easy hike. At the fork past the cow gate, go left for more downhill and right for the uphill. No shade and a lot of mud pies from the cows. Close encounter with the cows which the kids liked. Nice views of the water and surrounding area and a lot of factory’s in view too. Not a good trail for bikes or strollers.

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16 days ago

Another forgotten little trail. Not much to it. I use to live very close to it.

This was s decent hike with varying levels. it was neat to see different animals, especially up close with the cows.

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6 months ago

Trail was a dirt access road that was not maintained. It would be difficult with a stroller. There is a steep hill half way through the loop. Trail was along the hillside with grazing cattle. I expected more of a trail along the waterway to view the birds. It was very windy on top of the hills. Would take this trail again.

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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Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

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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Saturday, October 29, 2016

A nice trail on the other side of Briones with some nice hills and views. There seems to be more deer and a lot of turkeys on the south side. A pretty good cardio hike with all the ups and downs.

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