108 La Casa Via, Ste 102, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Briones Regional Park

1035 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

This 6117 acres open space, home to the turkey vultures and bail tailed deer is the grand escapade that you’re looking for in all probabilities. It is endowed with a rich history and is especially known for the delightful views. 

The Briones Regional Park is an alluring spot for a day of fun, adventure, bird watching and hiking. The area around the park was originally granted to the widow of Felipe Briones, as a part of the 1842 Mexican Land Grant, and is more wooded on the eastern side. It consists of miles after miles of ranch roads gently undulating over oak dotted grasslands and rolling hills, principally of the East Bay region, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. 

The western side, on the contrary, while more difficult with steep gradients, is more open and is adjacent to the Briones Reservoir. The Briones peak, with an elevation of 1483ft, is the highest summit which offers expansive views of the Sacramento River in the north, Mt.Tamalpais and Berkeley Hills to the west and Mount Diablo and Diablo Valley in the east. Also, it caps the park’s extensive network of hiking trails. 

Added to that, the Briones initiated cattle ranching in the area, including Briones Park and the Russell Reservation, which continues to this day is an attraction to many.

Courtesy of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_of_Mount_Diablo_and_CA_Highway_24_from_Lafayette_Heights.jpg

The lafayette ridge which runs parallel to the city of Lafayette is located within Briones Park. The 2-mile long trail reaches the summit of Russel Peak at 1347ft elevation, beginning from the parking lot of Springhill Elementary School. It bifurcates into the Briones Crest Trail and the Russel peak trail offering favorable terrain for mountain biking. 

While this is one of the popular trailheads, several others like the Springhill and Buckeye Ranch Trail branch off the Lafayette Ridge Trail. While the park is practically deserted in Summers, mainly due to the blotchy landscape, it is at its best during spring and winter. Following a period of substantial rainfall, the park can become very muddy. However, the striking panoramic vistas offered by the Spengler Trail and Briones Crest compensates for the otherwise challenging hike.  

Another hike takes you to Briones Regional Park’s most popular destination - a lush, refreshing hilltop meadow. The Sindicich Lagoons hike is 5.7 miles long. Just a few minutes’ drive from Berkeley, it is home to plentiful East Bay wildlife including snakes, birds and newts. In fact, hiking in the Bay area has never truly felt more majestic than this.

 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California: 

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Diablo Foothills Regional Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park

 

This amazing hiking trail is located near the following trails in Walnut Creek, California:

  •         Mount Diablo State Park
  •         Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
  •         Shell Ridge Open Space
  •         Briones Regional Park
  •         Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve
  •         Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  •         Howe Homestead Park