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Lafayette Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.4 mile 5.4 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 967' 295 m
Descent: -85' -26 m
High: 1,253' 382 m
Low: 371' 113 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by John Rabold

A challenging route between the southeast corner of Briones Regional Park and Briones Crest Trail near Russell Peak.

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Description

This trail, when followed uphill from east to west, features a well-graded climb, then a flat section, and finally an unrelenting roller-coaster route to Briones Crest Trail.

The trail begins at Lafayette Ridge Staging Area along Pleasant Hill Road (free parking). Soon after you climb past the equestrian day camp site, you reach a saddle and a junction with Las Trampas to Briones Regional Trail, which continues straight ahead and slopes downward. This trail turns right and climbs the hill.

Follow trail signs to navigate past private residential properties on both sides. Soon the steep up-and-down hills begin, along with expansive views to the north, east, and south. Take your time and preserve your traction as you go along, passing the tops of Springhill Trail and Buckeye Ranch Trail, and finally gaining the top at the junction with Briones Crest Trail.

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Jun 27, 2019
Robert Blumenfeld
Great rolling hills trail, emphasis on Rolling 3.4mi

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#7016

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Rolling hills with steep inclines.
Jan 21, 2018 near Lafayette, CA
Cool tree half way up the trail, with a view of Lafayette Reservoir.
Jan 21, 2018 near Lafayette, CA
The ups and downs of Lafayette Ridge Trail make for an exciting hike.
Jan 9, 2017 near Lafayette, CA
Mount Diablo looks mighty fine from the Lafayette Ridge Trail.
Jan 9, 2017 near Lafayette, CA

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