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    Briones Road

    Briones Regional Park, California
    Elevation Gain963ft
    Trailhead Elevation767ft
    Elevation Min/Max767/1233ft
    Elevation Start/End767/767ft

    Briones Road

    Briones Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Contra Costa County, California. It is within Briones Regional Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 767 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 963 feet. Near the trailhead there are drinking waters, restroom, and parking. Along the trail there is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Spengler Trail, Briones Crest Trail, Valley Trail, Seaborg Trail and Black Oak Trail.
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    Modesto, CA
    Adventurer | 200 pts
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    If you like scenic views and long sweeping hills you will love this trail. I chose this ride for our first mountain bike ride and it was a good choice to get used to the bikes. The trail is wide and offers a lot of room to choose your track, and to avoid hikers when you encounter them. The views are beutiful and the park has cattle roaming through it. The trail is well maintained and a good place to learn the ropes if one is new to trail riding. You can push it and get going fast on the long down hills if you want to and test your suspension in the ruts. or you can cruise along and take in the scenery. At the end of the trail is a short steeper section of singletrack. We had no problem despite our lack of experience, but it can be fast. not a kiddie trail

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    "This loop, which includes all or parts of the Diablo View, Spengler, Old Briones Road, Pine Tree, Orchard, and Alhambra Creek trails, gives you a chance to explore the East Bay’s largest developed regional park, an area of deep wooded canyons, forested slopes, oak savannas, and open, grassy ridges. The varied habitat attracts a large variety of birds, from chickadees to golden eagles. The plant life along this route is equally diverse, with a wide range of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. From the southeast corner of the parking area, pass through a gate next to an information board, turn immediately left onto the Diablo View Trail, a dirt road, and follow it gently uphill. Another dirt road, heading straight from the gate, is the Alhambra Creek Trail, part of your return route. This is open, rolling country, the realm of grassland and oak savanna. Soon after leaving the parking area, you pass the Tavan Trail, left, and now the slope changes to moderate as you ascend via well-graded S-bends toward the top of a ridge, where a fine view of Mt. Diablo awaits. Along the way, you pass the Hidden Pond Trail, left, a dirt road. From the ridgetop you also can see Concord, Highway 4, and the west delta." Read more
    Thom Gabrukiewicz
    "There’s a host of trail junctions on this loop, so it’s best to pick up a free map at the kiosk in the parking lot and match it up with a good topo map. From the gate near the information kiosk, start on the Alhambra Creek Trail. This is a typical East Bay trek—plenty of grasslands with valley oaks standing guard—but as you gain elevation on the Alhambra Creek Trail, you’ll be greeted in the spring by the most dazzling wildflower display I’ve ever found. California poppies, buttercups, lupine, and clover cover the landscape." Read more

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