Old Briones Road

Martinez, California

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Martinez
Distance: 3.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Best Times: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Briones Regional Park
Local Maps: USGS Briones Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Briones Road

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May 2018