Place: Briones Regional Park, Martinez, California
Coordinates: 37.92741, -122.15872
A beautiful, warm day of fall and I am checking out a potential trail for group hiking. I have never been to Briones Regional Park before, and I was excited to discover an area that's new ground for me.
It took me a while to find the right staging area. After parking by Oak Grove picnic area I took my camera and headed north on Abrigo Valley trail.
|A portion of Briones Regional Park map, containing the trail I hiked (labeled yellow).|
Briones Crest Trail is well marked and easy to walk. The view from there - all around -is wonderful. To the east - Mt. Diablo.
And to the south-east, a peak I did not identify. Isn't it a great reason to go back with a wider map and a compass?
A mile-long trail connects the Deer Creek Trail with the parking lot. It runs between the sloping hills and the Bear Valley Road that borders Briones on the west. A little pond surrounded by a ring of tule grass was alive with sparrows. One of them stood long enough to be photographed:
The entire hike was a little over 5 miles long and took me, leisurely, about 3 hours and was very enjoyable. I am looking forward to my next visit of Briones.