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Springhill to Lafayette Ridge to Briones Crest to Sunrise to Buckeye

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 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Beautiful views, moderate inclines and great changes in scenery!


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4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Loop

1,392' 424 m

High

569' 173 m

Low

978' 298 m

Up

976' 297 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Overview

This hike takes you over a couple different trails on the southeast side of Briones Regional Park. It's a loop and when going clock-wise the last section is nice and shady. There should be a good amount of parking at the trailhead, watch out for danger noodles and don't forget your water!

Need to Know

Free parking at the trailhead, can get busy and the road to the trailhead is pretty narrow. There is a restroom and garbage can at the trailhead.

Description

After parking at Springhill Road trailhead (decent size parking lot), you keep left and go uphill on Springhill trail. It's a decent semi-shaded climb all the way until you hit Lafayette Ridge Trail. Go right on Lafayette Ridge Trail and enjoy the views, very little shade on this part of the trail, and a lot of up and downs.

Keep going until you hit the end of Lafayette Ridge Trail and turn right onto Briones Crest Trail. This first part of this hike is a lot more shaded and is fairly flat—enjoy it while it lasts because there is one last set of unshaded climbs all the way to some amazing views. At a certain point there'll be a sharp right turn and you'll see a siting nook under a tree made out of tree trunks. Take a rest, you earned it. Then keep going straight an at the next split in the road you keep right and follow Sunrise Trail. This trail is completely unshaded, goes down all the way, and offers great views!

Once you hit the bottom of the hill you go right and follow the trail under the trees until you can take a shortcut to Buckeye Ranch Trail. Go left on Buckeye Ranch Trail and follow the last short shaded trek all the way back to the Springhill Road Trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

You're crossing a lot of fields, so be nice to the cows.
Watch out for rattle snakes (danger noodles) and coyotes.

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Southeast vista with winter fog.
Dec 21, 2019 near Lafayette, CA

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