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Lafayette Ridge Trail

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 4.2 (6)

A challenging route between the southeast corner of Briones Regional Park and Briones Crest Trail near Russell Peak.


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3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Point to Point

1,253' 382 m

High

371' 113 m

Low

967' 295 m

Up

85' 26 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Description

This trail, when followed uphill from east to west, features a well-graded climb, then a flat section, and finally an unrelenting roller-coaster route to Briones Crest Trail.

The trail begins at Lafayette Ridge Staging Area along Pleasant Hill Road (free parking). Soon after you climb past the equestrian day camp site, you reach a saddle and a junction with Las Trampas to Briones Regional Trail, which continues straight ahead and slopes downward. This trail turns right and climbs the hill.

Follow trail signs to navigate past private residential properties on both sides. Soon the steep up-and-down hills begin, along with expansive views to the north, east, and south. Take your time and preserve your traction as you go along, passing the tops of Springhill Trail and Buckeye Ranch Trail, and finally gaining the top at the junction with Briones Crest Trail.

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John Rabold

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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Rolling hills with steep inclines.
Jan 21, 2018 near Lafayette, CA
Cool tree half way up the trail, with a view of Lafayette Reservoir.
Jan 21, 2018 near Lafayette, CA
The ups and downs of Lafayette Ridge Trail make for an exciting hike.
Jan 9, 2017 near Lafayette, CA
Mount Diablo looks mighty fine from the Lafayette Ridge Trail.
Jan 9, 2017 near Lafayette, CA

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Jun 1, 2020
Troop 33126
Bea — 2h 30m
Dec 31, 2019
Nick Barendregt
Great views of the surrounding towns and landscapes. Definitely more sustained hills than expected, especially with the round-trip. 6.8mi — 2h 59m
Jan 20, 2018
Willard Jackson
This is a 6.8-7 mike trek round trip. You can connect to other trails along the way. It’s an up and down hike that will be somewhat difficult. 3.4mi
May 6, 2017
Peter Emtage