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10k Loop at Briones

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Trail

6.9 mile 11.1 kilometer loop
94% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 773' 236 m
Descent: -773' -236 m
High: 1,431' 436 m
Low: 718' 219 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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Trail shared by Franco Folini

Great loop with moderate elevation, spectacular views, and beautiful nature.

Franco Folini

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

I'm not aware of any limitations.

Overview

Great loop with moderate elevation, spectacular views, and beautiful nature. I like the mix of gravel roads and trails. Perfect 10K running loop.

Need to Know

If you are sensitive to poison oak, try to stay at center of the road/trail to avoid any contact with the plant.

Description

There are couple of turns that you don't want to miss. My recommendation is to print a copy of the trail map and take it with you at least the first time. Even better you if have a GPS watch to check the distances so you don't miss any turn. If you miss the turn you won't be lost, but you can easily add a few miles to the loop.

Most of the trail is gradual and easy to run. Only a couple of times does the trail become really steep, and there are only a few points where the trail becomes VERY steep.

The first part is almost flat, then after a right turn, the trail ascends the hills until it reaches the ridge. It follows the ridge for a while until it reaches a gate on the left. Across the gate, a road quickly goes down back to the first part of the trail.

During the summer, it can be very hot here, so I strongly recommend to bring plenty of water.

Flora & Fauna

Plenty of flowers and animals along the trail. There can also be cows on the trails.

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Jul 14, 2019
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  4.5 from 2 votes

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Photos

Forest in Briones Regional Park.
Sep 22, 2016 near Lafayette, CA
Briones Crest.
Sep 22, 2016 near Lafayette, CA
On the ridge (Table Top Trail).
Jul 23, 2019 near Lafayette, CA
The first gate.
Jul 23, 2019 near Lafayette, CA
Toward the top of the hill.
Jul 23, 2019 near Lafayette, CA
Orange Bush Monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus).
Jul 23, 2019 near Lafayette, CA

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