Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

on Lake Anza Loop

hiking
8 days ago

This is a pretty hike along the lake through east bay woodlands, but it's not as easy as its short distance and minimal elevation would imply. Much of the trail that hugs the lakeside is very rugged, with boulders, big roots, and steep slopes. It can be quite difficult for anyone with even slight mobility issues. One section was basically a six-inch ledge against a low cliff... one misstep and you're going swimming. Great fun for kids, dogs and the athletic, but not recommended otherwise.

hiking
1 month ago

I've always wanted to do this hike since I always pass by the starting point. I started early in the morning because I knew it was suppose to get hotter later in the day. The first mile is mostly up hill so fair warning! The trail itself was clear and saw some cows grazing. It was a nice view of the morning commute. I didn't do the loop so next time I hike the trail I'll be sure to do it!

I went west ridge to French to stream to Tres Sendas. Great hike. Lots of shade.

Great 2.5 miles. I went Stream out and French back. The steep parts of the return were all well shaded on a hot, sunny, and warm afternoon.

on De La Veaga Loop

hiking
4 months ago

Attempted to hike this trail today from the starting point shown on the map. I am always excited to hike trails close to public transportation, as I don't have a car. We tried to walk to the trailhead from the Orinda Bart station- it is not accessible as a pedestrian at all. We then grabbed an uber to find the trailhead completely locked down and fenced off, with a large sign saying a permit is required. I am not sure how long it has been like that but the starting point on the map is no longer viable. Sad day :(

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

Beautiful trail, hilly but a lot of great views!

hiking
6 months ago

One of my go to hikes for a workout. Trail Head easy to find & lots of parking. Trail in good condition. From the Start goes up, up, & up.. When you get to the top of the ridge you have great views of Reservoirs and also Highway 24 (ugh). Then you start down into a valley & move towards Berkeley. At one point you cross a road to get on a very narrow path that opens up to a STUNNING view of Oakland, San Fran and both Bridges. Coming back on the loop is really hard but you will survive. I hardly ever see anyone on the trail. Keeping it from a 5 star hike - pretty constant highway noise and a ton of powerlines that spoil some of the views

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

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.

Trail that we did was actually 9.7 miles but great workout up and down fire trails. Gorgeous and not heavily trafficked. Would be super hot in summer given there's not much shade. Plus we saw a puppy golden retriever at the end....so worth it obviously.

road biking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Alhambra Valley Road closed due to sinkhole.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

We didn't do the full loop, the start of the trail is near Orinda Bart and the by joining with the trails on the Berkeley side we ended at Rockridge Bart to Bart back to our starting point. Overall it was almost 7 miles. It was pretty steep climbing and very steep decline at the end.

hiking
Saturday, November 19, 2016

I took the Seaborg Trail and hiked up to the Crescent Ridge Trail and back. For a total of 3.8 miles I finished in little more than an hour. Got some good workout with some fantastic sunset view on the way.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Longer loop that is less traveled than most of the trails on the Reliz Valley Rd side. A good cardio and a good place to put some miles on with less people

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

This was one of those hikes that you can see a glimpse of on the commute through the tunnel. It gets up high and you can see everywhere. I did it solo in early winter so the weather and the views were great. I wouldn't want to do it in the summer. Most of the hike is exposed and would be very hot with all the hills. When I did it I saw no one anywhere..... I don't think I'd want to do it again...cardio challenge.

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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