Briones: Lafayette Ridge Trail

Monday, January 5, 2015

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This hike begins at the Briones Regional Park Lafayette Ridge staging area on Pleasant Hill Rd in Lafayette. Take the path up to the gate and follow the fire road uphill to the Lafayette Ridge Trail.

The gradual climb through the grasslands leads to open views of Sienna Ranch.

The trail continues around the ridge to the beautiful brown hilltop ranch/barn.

At the unsigned junction, keep left and stay on the Lafayette Ridge Trail.

The trail continues uphill on the ridge with phenomenal views of Mt Diablo and the Diablo Valley!

After about a mile, go through a gate and continue straight at the unsigned junction to stay on the Lafayette Ridge Trail.

As you climb higher, you gain great vistas in all directions-Las Trampas to the south, Berkeley Hills to the west and Suisun Bay to the north-WOW!

The trail goes along the ridge with undulating short steep climbs to the Springhill Trail junction.


We continue on top of the ridge for another 0.1 mile to the high point towards Russell Peak Trail before turning around.

Enjoy the phenomenal views!


We reverse our way back on the trail to the parking lot.


This hike provides stunning vistas along the Lafayette Ridge-panoramic views of Mount Diablo and the Diablo Valley to the east, the Suisun Bay to the north, the East Bay hills and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness to the south! This is all in our backyard so to speak, get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Briones Park and watch out for all the cow patties! Bring plenty of water & snacks.

5.5 Miles with ~955′ of elevation gain
Time: 2.5 hrs
Sunny, cool and breezy with temps ranging from the high 50’s to the low 60’s.

Parking: No Fee-Porta-pottie-No water
Hike: Moderate
Dog friendly

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Lafayette Ridge

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