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

Simple walk down to Lake Anza, ok for kids but a little slippery underfoot. Ok for dogs too.

Pleasant morning hike. Trail not busy and lovely views of the watershed.

A trail so full of beautiful wildlife. very easy 7 mi in & back. we saw a family of deer, rabbits, a variety of birds, and a rattlesnake. Check in is at trailhead for EBMUD permit info. No dogs.

road biking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Alhambra Valley Road closed due to sinkhole.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Excellent trail that is mostly single track out and back along Briones reservoir. I've seen plenty of deer on this trail and being along the water many different types of waterfowl and hawks. The trail itself doesn't have any long, tough hills but is just a little up and down roll most of the time. It was one of my favorite little trails around the bay.

Couldn't even go on the trails bc they all require permits. That you have to get from other parks.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Nice little trail I always did along with other trails. Very shady and can be done any time. It drops off Bear creek with a little drop in elevation and is almost entirely in the shade.. The 1st right is a trail that goes up to Briones res. A little farther up towards San Pablo on a day I was solo I got within 10' of a half dozen deer. Memorable day...

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

You can do bear Creek Trail without a permit but to do the backside of Briones Res you have to have a EBMUD permit that you can get at their office on the way to San Pablo Res nearby. Cheap and well worth it and is good for several years and allows others to go with you. The loop around the lake is 16 miles I think and is a great hike.

road biking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Woot! Perfect way to kick start a Saturday morning! First attempt at this ride and it was awesome--smooth paved road, lots of other cyclists (but not crowded!), and some cars depending on location but enough space on the road for them to pass you. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing my improvements with time and speed. I went counter-clockwise and according to my record, it appears that I conquered the steeper/higher inclines first, which probably explains why I saw tons of cyclists going the opposite direction (clockwise)... so I'll try that next time. I'm used to long distance, flat road biking so the 20 miles was nothing but the inclines... oh man, there were probably 3 or 4 "hills" where I was in my lowest gear for a good 10-15 minutes just inching along but again I look forward to seeing my improvements! Totally recommended!

you need a permit and the water walk does not allow dogs

on Oursan Trail

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

13.5? Make that 16.5miles with 1800' of elevation gain according to Strava. This is a serious hike. Took us 5hrs to complete.

Overall I would not recommend at this time. The trails on the north side are completely beat up by a combo of the rain and cow tracks. It's brutal on the feet and ankles, not to mention, not very much fun.

This would be a 4 star hike if it wasn't for the beat up trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

A long hike -- 1/2 marathon! Don't forget to get your trail permit. Fun to walk around a lake. Saw hawks, Canada geese, turkeys, crows, swallows. Early spring day was sunny and warm. Most of the hike is pretty open, so it's probably pretty warm in the summer. There's a nice section in a beautiful, cool grove of grizzled oaks. Some benches in this section for quiet contemplation.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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