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Briones Park, Orinda

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Briones Regional Park is a 6117acre regional park in the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) system, located in the Briones Hills of central Contra Costa County of the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
The park is located in rolling hills of the East Bay region, near Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill. The western end of Briones Regional Park is adjacent to the Briones Reservoir, operated by EBMUD across Bear Creek Road.
Briones Peak is the highest point in the park with an elevation of 1483 ft (452 m), and offers panoramic views of Mount Diablo and the Diablo Valley to the east, the Sacramento River to the north, and the Berkeley Hills and Mt. Tamalpais to the west.
The park is also home to many animals and birds, such as turkey vultures, black-tailed deer, cougars, coyotes, squirrels, and redtailed hawks. Cattle, sheep, and goat ranchers still use portions of the park for grazing purposes and hold a one hundred-year lease that is effective until the 2060s.
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  • This is a big beautiful space, part of the dedicated open spaces of the Bay Area, the green lungs and the area that won't be built upon. Good for picnics.  more »
  • Who knew that so close to Lamorinda (Berkeley area) there was a wide expanse of places to walk and see nature. So beautiful and easy walking!  more »
  • This park has endless trails and lots of water. I hike here a lot with my dogs. It's very peaceful during the early morning. Just be careful, the rattle snakes are out this time of year.
  • Lovely place for a longer nature walk or a light hike depending on which of the two main trails you take. Once entering the park via the entrance gate, you will find a table and picnic area. Taking the left trail will give you a narrow path and a nice shaded walk path. The right path is a large trail often taken by horse riders and others looking to soak up sun and enjoy a leisurely stroll. It's a lovely park but not for people looking to have a nice and strenuous hike.

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