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Hike at Briones Regional Park -- Bear Creek Trail Head

East Bay park offers ample solitude, abundant sunshine

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7.6 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Briones Regional Park covers more than 6,000 acres in the rolling East Bay hills between Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Hikers gravitating... more »

Tips:  Poison oak is common along narrow trails.
Watch for mountain bikers on wide trails.
Cattle graze at this park; give them plenty of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Old Briones Road>Black Oak Trail>Mott Peak Trail

Grab a map at the trailhead to scout out alternatives along the way. While this route isn't terribly strenuous, there's a fair amount of climbing in the first half, so you might want to shave off a few miles on the downhill half.

From the Bear Creek parking lot, take old Old Briones Road northeast and turn left on Black Oak Trail -- an old... More

2. Briones Crest Trail

After about a third of a mile, turn right at the Briones Crest Trail, one of the nicest in the park. It tracks a ridge with gorgeous scenery and reasonably gentle climbing. (A side trip to the nearby lagoons offers an excellent excuse to break for lunch).

Stay on Briones Crest Trail and climb till it passes Briones Peak. Soon you'll come to a ... More

3. Seabourg Trail>Old Briones Road

Next turn is a right at the Seabourg Trail, which you can follow all the way back to Old Briones Road, turn left and return to the parking lot.

If you're up for a bit more distance, a much nicer option is to turn left at Homestead Valley and hit the Bear Creek Trail, which meanders through a deeply wooded area, crosses Bear Creek and ends up in... More