Sunday, October 24th. Start Time 8:30 A.M.
High Adventure hike at Briones Regional Park - October 24th 2021
At 6,256 acres, Briones is certainly the largest regional park in the Lamorinda area with multiple points of entry and it’s fun to think that John Muir hiked these hills in the late 1800s.
A little about the area:
We will be hiking through a Blue Oak woodland. This is the only chance you’ll get to see Blue Oaks on this hike, which are more common the farther you go East. They are the most heat and drought tolerant of our native oaks, and the leaves develop a bluish cast as we progress into summer and fall.
Look for marker 46 “Ivan Dickson Memorial Loop Trail.” This is an 11.7 mile grand loop of Briones Regional Park, in honor of Ivan Dickson. The loop includes going out to Ivan Dickson Point (near Bear Creek Road) and seeing a special stone bench in his honor. A passionate hiker and lifelong member of the Berkeley Hiking Club, he left $427K in 1993 for a special gift fund to support a volunteer trail maintenance program that will allow future generations to “take good care of the trails” in perpetuity.
The Hike > Time and Restrictions
Depart from the Alhambra Creek Staging Area, located on the north side of the park, off of Alhambra Valley Road.
A loop trail up into the interior of the park.
Plenty of parking at trail head.
Remember meetup time is at 8:30 AM, depart at 8:45 AM; finished by noon.
Dogs OK, but must be kept on leash for hike.
The hike has an overall difficulty rating of Medium
Time: 2.5 hours
Elevation Gain: ~1500