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10k Loop at Briones

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Great loop with moderate elevation, spectacular views, and beautiful nature.


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6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

Loop

1,431' 436 m

High

718' 219 m

Low

773' 236 m

Up

773' 236 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Overview

Great loop with moderate elevation, spectacular views, and beautiful nature. I like the mix of gravel roads and trails. Perfect 10K hiking loop.

Need to Know

If you are sensitive to poison oak, try to stay at center of the road/trail to avoid any contact with the plant.

Description

There are couple of turns that you don't want to miss. My recommendation is to print a copy of the trail map and take it with you at least the first time. Even better you if have a GPS watch to check the distances so you don't miss any turn. If you miss the turn you won't be lost, but you can easily add a few miles to the loop.

Most of the trail is gradual and easy to hike. Only a couple of times does the trail become really steep, and there are only a few points where the trail becomes VERY steep.

The first part is almost flat, then after a right turn, the trail ascends the hills until it reaches the ridge. It follows the ridge for a while until it reaches a gate on the left. Across the gate, a road quickly goes down back to the first part of the trail.

During the summer, it can be very hot here, so I strongly recommend to bring plenty of water.

Flora & Fauna

Plenty of flowers and animals along the trail. There can also be cows on the trails.

Contacts

Shared By:

Franco Folini with improvements by Nick Barendregt

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Vista
Jan 17, 2021 near Lafayette, CA
Forest in Briones Regional Park.
Sep 22, 2016 near Lafayette, CA
Southeast vista with winter fog.
Dec 21, 2019 near Lafayette, CA
Briones Crest.
Sep 22, 2016 near Lafayette, CA
Hiking at Briones Regional Park.
Sep 22, 2016 near Orinda, CA
On the ridge (Table Top Trail).
Jul 23, 2019 near Lafayette, CA

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Dec 21, 2019
Nick Barendregt
A nice hidden hike through some great scenery. Just make sure it hasn't rained for a few days before attempting the dirt trails. 6.9mi — 2h 40m