Explore the most popular hiking trails near Lafayette with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If you don't mind the noise there are a couple pretty good hills to climb and get a workout in. Freeway noise is kind of too much for me. Redwood, Tildon, Briones or Valle Vista - much better hikes, less people.

Great hike, saw a coyote! I went around 8am and spent about 4 hours there. Mostly dusty, dirt terrain. Decent amount of inclines. Lots of trees and good amount of shade in some parts. I liked this trail bc it was nice and quiet. some parts really made you feel like you were up the woods. Also there’s lots of horse poop around so watch your step! I was comfortable in a zip up sweatshirt the whole time.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike, but way steeper than I expected. Not sure I'd label this hike easy. No parking at the trailhead, so have to park lower down the hill in the neighborhood and hike up the hill to start. Nice views made it worth the extra effort.

the perfect level of difficulty and time

Park on the Moraga side and hike down for no parking fee, more fun anyway. My fav hike in the area

hiking
1 month ago

A classic

I Originally planned to run one easy lap on the 5 mile rolling hill loop, but being that it was only 80 degrees out and overcast, went for two laps at ten miles. Great quad/hamstring/glute and calve stressing mountain trail! There were only two other people that were walking the trail. Extremely lightly trafficked!

Beautiful trail. Some very steep hills. Great for exercising! Over all a wonderful sunday morning workout.

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.

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.

I’ve walked this trail many times. There are two steep climbs

Don’t underestimate this trail. It is intense with steep climbs which makes for a great workout.

Beautiful hike. Its relatively moderate unless you are running the trail. Perfect distance. Not too long or short. Bring plenty of water and enjoy this gorgeous trail!!

Nice, nearby hike with one steep section. Probably best to go in the early morning and not anytime after it has rained as it would be tough on the downhill.

Definitely a hike to go on if you want some sunshine, some shade, a nice trail with mild inclines and water (reservoir) to see along the way. Not sure why this was rated as “hard”. We’d give it a moderate. You can hike as far as you want, and then go back the same way, tailoring the hike to the length of time you desire. We didn’t do the full hike around the reservoir due to time constraints. Bring water and WATCH OUT for poison oak along the sides of trail.

Tough with steep hills. Go in the early morning.

Beautiful and lightly challenging.

Peaceful and pleasant morning walk. A bit dusty this time of the year.

Nice trail. Shade for about 50% of time

Great hike. Steep ups and downs, great workout. Very well marked. Beautiful views. Well traveled path. Watch out for snakes... there was a rattler in the grass on the side of the path that I nearly stepped on.
50 minutes

Really great views, but be prepared for some very steep hills that undulate up and down consistently throughout the hike. Bring lots a water. Lots of options to cut the loop short and link up to the paved reservoir loop path below if you keep an eye out - a good option if you need some shade and easier terrain.

Not too many people on this trail. It is beautiful there.

road biking
4 months ago

Be advised that there is a bike restriction not mentioned in this AllTrails guide. Bikes are only allowed certain hours on certain days apparently up to the whims of the establishment. Not worth making a 1 hour trip hoping for a nice bike ride around the lake. Go to Coyote Hills or Tilden.

Fantastic local hike with great views

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike (loop) from Alhambra Creek station. Partially shaded, wide trails leading up to the lagoons at the top of the trail with clear views across the bay on a clear day. This is a fair weather hike.

Relaxing.

Quick hour loop around the reservoir. Nice place to go on a brainless walk.

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