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Bear Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 439' 134 m
Descent: -416' -127 m
High: 879' 268 m
Low: 585' 178 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by John Rabold

A trail along the southern and eastern shore of EBMUD's Briones Reservoir.

John Rabold

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Trail users must have a trail permit; see the East Bay trails website for more information. Bicycles and dogs are prohibited on this trail.

Description

This trail provides access along the southern and eastern shore of EBMUD's Briones Reservoir. The southern end of this trail begins at the southeast end of the reservoir dam, where the trail meets the Oursan Trail. This trail goes north past Briones Overlook Staging Area (free parking, restrooms) and continues as singletrack through woody, brushy terrain.

This trail eventually becomes a dirt service road as it goes eastward along the southern shoreline. Soon it travels across flat floodplain, crosses the inlet stream and reaches the EBMUD Bear Creek Staging Area and the northeast end of Oursan Trail. (This staging area is on the WEST side of Bear Creek Road. Do not confuse it with Bear Creek Staging Area in Briones Regional Park, reached from the EAST side of Bear Creek Road via park access road just north of the EBMUD staging area.)

Flora & Fauna

This trail has lots of poison oak along and partially covering the trail.

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Oct 14, 2019
Linda Reeves
Feb 28, 2016
Tilman Giese

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Briones Reservoir from Bear Creek Trail.
Oct 27, 2017 near Orinda, CA

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