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Briones RP Moderate 7 Mile Hike
May 18, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CARPOOL REQUEST COMMENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED DUE TO THE LARGE SIZE OF THE GROUP. Please read below how to carpool.
Total Distance: 7 miles round-trip
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Elevation Change: 1,400 feet
Shade: Don’t forget your sunhat for your own personal shade. Shade does not matter if you have your sunhat. I never leave home without it.
Official Trail use: Dogs on a 6 foot leash at all times.
Facilities Toilets at trail head.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE SO WE CAN START ON TIME.
THE GROUP IS TOO LARGE TO WAIT FOR EVERYONE TO USE THE RESTROOM IN THE PARK
Recommended Map Briones Regional Park Map
• Please use the Google Maps link above to familiarize yourself with the trip and explore various route options from your home. Zoom in all the way.
• The GPS locations below and the map link above are accurate enough to find us by looking around with your eyes when you get there.
(Most Cars) GPS Degrees Minutes Seconds Format:
(Google Maps) GPS Degrees Decimal Format:
The Google Waze app will route around “restricted access” roads, unlike the Google Maps app, using the same map data as Google Maps. Therefore, Waze is recommended over the Google Maps app for your phone.
If you have the Waze app installed on your phone, double click to copy and paste this URL into your phone’s browser:
Just click on it. It will open Waze and start navigating to the trail head.
• As always, it is good practice to confirm the night before that any app you use takes you to where you expect by comparing the destination with what is posted above on your PC/Mac.
• Most street addresses provided are approximate, and may be up to a couple of miles from the hike location. Use GPS coordinates when driving, if possible.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes early to find parking, and walk to the trail head.
Carpooling: We will use this link for carpooling:
Please sign up here.
Please refrain from trying to negotiate your carpool in the comments, as it is equivalent to sending multiple “Reply All” emails to everyone.
Please start your carpool quest, by first adding yourself to the carpool link above.
Then, use the contact info provided by the driver or rider in the link above to contact them directly and privately.
Please be considerate of others and resist the urge to “Reply All”.
Thank you for understanding.
This pastoral loop hike in Briones’ less-visited northern section leads past a miniature waterfall, two duck ponds, and miles of cow-populated grasslands. Briones Regional Park is more than 6,000 acres of grasslands and oaks that were once part of Rancho San Felipe, a Spanish land grant. In the mid-1800s, this was an important fruit-growing region. Today it’s the grassy home of grazing cows and is frequently visited by hikers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, and horseback riders. Its sunny exposure , wide dirt roads, and large expanse of open grasslands.
Start your hike on Old Briones Road, a gated dirt road that leads from the parking area at Bear Creek Staging Area.
Head West toward the main entrance where you came in and into the first parking lot on the right. Find the Abrigo trail head on the right.
After 0.8 miles you will arrive at the falls. Look and listen carefully and you may spot Abrigo Falls dropping 15 feet over a rock face into a narrow, cavelike canyon. The waterfall is nearly hidden, and if the stream isn’t flowing strong, it can be difficult to spot. It’s located at the point where the trail makes a short, steep climb. When the trail makes a hairpin turn to the right and moves toward the creek, you are almost there.
After 0.14 miles, at the junction with Mott Peak Trail take a right to enter Mott Peak Trail for 0.49 miles for a junction with Black Oak Trail. Stay to the left, heading towards Mott Peak keeping Mott Peak (1424 ft) to your right for 0.36 miles for a junction with Briones Crest Trail.
Turn right, onto Briones Crest Trail for 0.31 mi to meet up with Lagoon Trail, passing by the Sindicich Lagoons on either of the trail.
Stay to the right on Briones Crest Trail for another 0.25 miles to arrive at a junction with Old Briones Road Trail, turning right for 0.10 miles to get back onto the Briones Crest Trail on the other side of the road by turning left
Take Briones Crest Trail for 0.78 miles to pass by Briones Peak (1483 ft) on your left to arrive at a junction with Table Top trail. The right branch is Briones Crest Trail and 0.04 miles on the left is a junction that after 0.37 miles will take you to Spengler Trail. Go straight avoiding both turns to get onto Table Top Trail for 0.70 miles for a junction with the end of Spengler Trail.
Staying to the right on Table Top Trail arrive once again at Briones Crest Trail. Stay to the left for 0.29 miles to arrive at Sunrise Trail on the left. Stay to the right for 0.11 miles for a junction with Crescent Ridge Trail. Stay to the left on Briones Crest Trail for 0.52 miles to arrive at Seaborg Trail.
Take SeaBorg Trail for 1.03 miles to arrive at the hikers-only Bear Creek Trail, taking a left for 1.06 miles to arrive at your starting point.
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