Briones Regional Park

Orinda, California

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Briones Regional Park offers long, ambling walks through grassy, rolling hills spotted with oak trees, some lovely views both of distant towns and landmarks and of neighboring parkland, with the pleasant surprises of lagoons and a contrasting dense, damp woodland. Hawks, eagles, and turkey vultures soar and circle above the canyons. Black-tailed deer love to munch on the brush in the deeper canyons, and mountain lions in turn feast on the deer. There are several small creeks lined with ferns and shrubs, and patches of sun-loving wildflowers grow along most of the trails. Because of the annual grasses, the landscape changes seasonally from summer gold to winter green. Indeed, the largest portion of the 6,002 acres of open space is grassland that has been greatly influenced by 200 years of ranching. In winter months, you share the trail with grazing cows and goats. This park gives you a real taste of California’s Spanish ranch past. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers.

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"Briones Regional Park offers long, ambling walks through grassy, rolling hills spotted with oak trees, some lovely views both of distant towns and landmarks and of neighboring parkland, with the pleasant surprises of lagoons and a contrasting dense, damp woodland. Hawks, eagles, and turkey vultures soar and circle above the canyons. Black-tailed deer love to munch on the brush in the deeper canyons, and mountain lions in turn feast on the deer. There are several small creeks lined with ferns and shrubs, and patches of sun-loving wildflowers grow along most of the trails. Because of the annual grasses, the landscape changes seasonally from summer gold to winter green. Indeed, the largest portion of the 6,002 acres of open space is grassland that has been greatly influenced by 200 years of ranching. In winter months, you share the trail with grazing cows and goats. This park gives you a real taste of California’s Spanish ranch past. This eTrail also includes suggested nearby attractions, camping & lodging, restaurants, and local outdoor retailers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orinda
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round, 8:00 a.m. to sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 680 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Local Contacts: East Bay Regional Park District Headquarters

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Jun 2018