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Briones Regional Park

Buckeye Ranch Trailhead

East Bay, California

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  • The Buckeye Ranch Trailhead.- Briones Regional Park
  • Follow the fire trail into the forest.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Briones Regional Park
  • Watch out for bees.- Briones Regional Park
  • Turn right up the hill. There is a small trail that will disappear as you climb.- Briones Regional Park
  • California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Once at the top, turn left on the fire road and follow around the ridge.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Keep following the ridge, and take all left turns.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
  • Briones Regional Park.- Briones Regional Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Wild flowers. Good workout.
Cons: 
Steep climb. Some poison oak.
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Region:
East Bay, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
730.00 ft (222.50 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
508.00 ft (154.84 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Briones Regional Park is a 6,000-acre open space by Lafayette and Pleasant Hill. The area was originally part of a land grant made to the widow of Filipe Briones in 1842; it was then established as a regional park in 1967. The park includes grazing land, a research center for University of California, Berkeley, and a 1,483-foot peak.

Though there are scores of hiking trails throughout Briones, the Buckeye Ranch area tends to be less traveled, and it offers wildflower-covered hills and beautiful, 360-degree views. Parking is at the trailhead, and once you are through the gate, keep right on the fire road. You will meander through dense woods for a about a mile before you cross a small stream and head uphill. This trail dissipates eventually, and you will find yourself turning right up a steep hill. Continue straight up the hill, and at the top you will hit a perpendicular fire road. Take a break here to appreciate the huge views, then turn left and follow the road through the bluffs.

This route will bring you on a round trip along the ridge. Keep turning left whenever you are faced with a junction. After a few miles you will descend back down to the trail you left in the gully. Follow this trail back your car.

Note that this adventure requires a small section of off-trail hill climbing; be sure to travel with a map of the area.

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