Old Briones Road

Martinez, California 94553

Old Briones Road

Old Briones Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Martinez
Nearby City
3.3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Spring and fall
Best Times
Briones Regional Park
Local Contacts
USGS Briones Valley
Local Maps