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Old Briones Road Professional Review and Guide
"The old ranch road that links the Bear Creek watershed on the west to Alhambra Creek on the east leads to the crest of the Briones ridge and wonderful vistas. Colonial California was a land of vast ranchos. The Spanish and Mexican governments granted enormous tracts of the countryside to favored families, and those families created cattle and farming empires on what had once been the realm of tule elk, golden bears, and indigenous tribes. By the time colonial ranching reached its height in the early 1800s, the native population had either been killed off by disease, driven into less desirable areas, or had been enslaved by missionaries and landlords."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's East Bay (Falcon Guides).
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