Briones Regional Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,503' 458 m
Descent: -1,502' -458 m
High: 1,352' 412 m
Low: 679' 207 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A lovely hike in Briones Regional Park that is outstanding when the wildflowers are in bloom.”— Kristen Arendt
Family Friendly While most kids won't be up for the full 9.5 mile loop, you can park at the Bear Creek Staging Area to shorten the loop to a kid-friendly distance.
At the ridge, be sure to look back for a view of the Sacramento River Delta. After passing through another gate, you'll start on a long, winding descent into the Bear Creek Valley. The road flattens at the junction with the Valley Trail near some corrals. From here, the rest of the trail is relatively flat with a gate or two until you reach the Bear Creek Staging Area.
From the Bear Creek Staging Area, continue straight to pick up the Briones Crest Trail. Most of this trail is actually a wide fire road that circles the Bear Creek watershed. As you hike along the ridge tops, you'll be treated to some splendid views of the area. The views along the trail are beautiful, and if you find you need an excuse to stop and catch your breath, be sure to take the time to take in the sights.
After about 3 miles of hiking along the Briones Crest Trail, look for the Mott Peak Trail which will be on the right-hand side. Use this short, easy trail to connect to the Black Oak Trail. The Black Oak Trail descends steeply into a valley, and the sunny slopes are home to many wildflowers in season.
Black Oak Trail will connect back to Old Briones Road Trail where you'll turn left to retrace your steps back to your car.
Note: If you are looking for a shorter hike, park at the Bear Creek Staging Area and complete the loop. There are many other trails in the park giving you a wide variety of loops to choose from.
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Land Manager: East Bay Regional Park District (CA)