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Briones Reservoir Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great long hike around Briones Reservoir.

Liz

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Map Key

13.4

Miles

21.6

KM

Loop

993' 303 m

High

586' 179 m

Low

1,081' 330 m

Up

1,087' 331 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This is a great, not-so-secret secret hike. Though this is quite well used, its a large area and people tend to naturally spread out so it never feels too crowded. Enjoy a full loop around the reservoir during the spring to catch the wildflower blooms.

Need to Know

Need a recreational permit to use the area.

Description

From the Overlook Staging Area parking area, jump on the Bear Creek Trail for a short spell before you reach Oursan Trail. On the Oursan Trail cross the dam and begin a mellow climb into the hillsides above the reservoir. The wildflowers in the springtime can be amazing here. You'll dip into the woods for a little less than a mile bfore coming back out into the meadows.

Make sure you protect yourself from the sun.

The Oursan Trail dips back down toward the water and parallels the shore all the way to the Bear Creek Staging Area. From there, jump on Bear Creek Trail and follow it along the waters edge heading west. This trail is a bit more forested and offers more shade. Follow this all the way back to your start point.

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

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