Briones Regional Park

Walking in the shade.

Walking in the shade.

On Friday, May 30, we went to a park we had never been to before. Briones Regional Park, near Lafayette, off Hwy. 24, about a 40 minute drive from Livermore. We started at the Alhambra Creek staging area, which is on the north side of the park. We took the loop trail recommended by the Trails Challenge Program of East Bay Regional Parks. The first part of the hike went along a dry creek bed and was well shaded. Our wildlife sighting was a coyote running away from us, up the hill. The trail was a very good graveled road.
We climbed slowly for about 2 miles until we came to openings between the trees where we could see the Carquinez Strait, bridge, and refineries. As we continued, the landscape became more open and the views more spectacular. Mt. Diablo came into view, as well as the Central Valley.
We met several horse riders who gave us good information on the trails ahead. The loop turned out to be 5.5 miles, a bit longer than our previous information. It was a fairly hot day, but usually there was a nice breeze blowing. It was classified as a moderate hike, and, because of the length and temperature, that was true. But we felt very good to have done it. It would be nice to see it in the spring when the water is running.

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