This open space of 6117 acres, home to the turkey vultures and bail tailed deer, is the great escape you’re looking for in all probability. It has a rich history and is known for the beautiful views. The Regional Park of Briones is an attractive place for a day of leisure, adventure, bird watching and hiking. Originally granted to Felipe Briones ‘ widow as part of the Mexican Land Grant in 1842, the area around the park is more wooded on the eastern side. It consists of miles after miles of gently winding ranch roads over rolling grasslands and rolling hills, mainly from the East Bay region, like Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.

On the opposite, the western side is more accessible and adjacent to the Briones Reservoir, although more challenging with steep gradients. With an elevation of 1483 ft, the Briones peak is the highest peak that offers expansive north views of the Sacramento River, Mt. Tamalpais and Berkeley Hills to the west, and Mount Diablo and Diablo Valley to the east. It also limits the vast walking trail network of the park. Added to this, the Briones pioneered cattle ranching in the area, including Briones Park and Russell Reservation, which remains an attraction for many to this day.

The line of the lafayette running parallel to Lafayette City is located in Briones Park. At 1347 ft elevation, the2-mile long trail reaches the Russell Peak summit, starting from Springhill Elementary School parking lot. It bifurcates into the Briones Crest Trail and the Russel peak trail offering favorable terrain for mountain biking. Although this is one of the most common trailheads, there are several others off the Lafayette Ridge Trail, such as the Springhill and Buckeye Ranch Trail. While in Summers, mostly because of the blotchy landscape, the park is virtually abandoned, it is at its best throughout spring and winter.
The park can become very muddy after a period of heavy rainfall. The stunning panoramic views that the Spengler Trail and Briones Crest offer, however, compensate for the otherwise difficult hike. Another climb takes you to the most popular destination in Briones Regional Park-a lush, refreshing meadow on a hilltop. The walk of the Sindicich Lagoons is 5.7 km long.  It is home to plentiful East Bay wildlife, including snakes, birds and newts, only a few minutes drive from Berkeley. Hiking in the Bay area, in truth, has never really felt more majestic than this.

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

  • Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve

  • Mount Diablo State Park

  • Diablo Foothills Regional Park

  • Shell Ridge Open Space

  • Briones Regional Park

  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

  • Howe Homestead Park

  • Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area