EBMUD: Briones Reservoir-Oursan Trail Hike


Thursday, September 20, 2018

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Shimmering lakes, wooded glens and colorful flowers can be enjoyed along 80 miles of EBMUD trails in the East Bay. These hiking and horseback-riding paths wind through 27,000 acres of open space. EBMUD provides parking at five staging areas and stocks water on the trails for horses. *1

This out & back hike takes you along the northeastern shoreline of Briones Reservoir on the Oursan Trail towards the Hampton Trail junction. Begin from the Ourson Trail gate at the north end of the EBMUD Bear Creek Staging Area parking lot. Follow the trail up to the first junction/split.

Go left to stay on Oursan Trail, it winds uphill on a gentle grade with views of an inlet.

The trail cuts into the shaded woodland as it continues along the shoreline with gorgeous views of the reservoir.

Oursan stays along the shoreline up to the next trail split.

Go left to stay on Oursan, the trail tilts up for a short moderate climb through the bay/oaks.

The trail drops back down along the shoreline with wonderful views of the inlet waters and dense woodlands.

Oursan snakes along the beautiful reservoir to the next unmarked trail split.

Go left to stay on Oursan, it travels through the shaded woodland as it continues to wind its way along the shoreline.

Enjoy the fabulous views!

Oursan stays along the shoreline and goes in and out through the woodlands to the next trail split.

Go left to stay on Oursan, it rises to a climb up to the cattle gate.

The trail drops down the low hill with gorgeous views of the reservoir!

We opt to turn around at the 4.55 mile, you can choose to continue for another mile to the Hampton Trail junction. At this point, find a shady spot for a quick snack before turning around.

Retrace the route back to Bear Creek Staging Area.

This is a scenic semi-shaded hike through the beautiful oak/bay woodland along the gorgeous shoreline of Briones Reservoir towards the Hampton Trail junction. This out & back on the Oursan Trail allows you to hike as little or as much as you want-you can turn around at any time! EBMUD carefully manages watershed lands to protect water quality – so please, follow use rules and have your permit with you.*1 

*1 http://www.ebmud.com/recreation/east-bay/east-bay-trails/

Stats:
9.1 Miles with 1033′ of elevation gain *10.8 round trip to the Hampton trail junction
Time: 3.5 hours with one stop
Hike: Moderate
Parking: No fee at EBMUD Bear Creek Staging Area on Bear Creek Rd in Orinda
EBMUD Trail Permit Required-PURCHASE & PRINT PERMIT HERE
PortaPottie-NO WATER
Dog-friendly ON-LEASH

Bring plenty of water & food/snacks

Weather: Sunny & warm. Temps ranged from the high 60’s to low 80’s with SE winds.

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