Alhambra Creek to Briones Peak

Martinez California Hikes

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From atop lofty Briones Peak, the rolling East Bay hillsides appear isolated, peaceful, and seemingly endless. This hike follows serene Alhambra Creek awhile, passes two round ponds, and then heads up to Briones Peak to one of the Bay Area’s best panoramas. Scattered oak specimens punctuate the grassland slopes, which are wintergreen during the rainy months and golden amber come autumn. You may encounter horses and dogs along the way.
100 Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

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100 Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

From atop lofty Briones Peak, the rolling East Bay hillsides appear isolated, peaceful, and seemingly endless. This hike follows serene Alhambra Creek awhile, passes two round ponds, and then heads up to Briones Peak to one of the Bay Area’s best panoramas. Scattered oak specimens punctuate the grassland slopes, which are wintergreen during the rainy months and golden amber come autumn. You may encounter horses and dogs along the way.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Martinez
Length: 7.8
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: Best September through June
Local Contacts: East Bay Regional Park District
Local Maps: USGS Walnut Creek, Briones Valley
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