For our second East Bay Regional Trails Challenge Hike, we headed to Briones Regional Park for a 12-mile (Ivan Dickson memorial) loop.
Briones Regional Park was once Rancho Boca de la Canada del Pinole and also contains parts of Rancho Canada del Hambre y las Bolsas and Rancho Acalanes. The ranch was first settled by Felipe Briones who built a open near the Bear Creek Entrance. His widow petitioned for a grant in 1842 but the grant was contested after California became a state. Eventually, the land found its way into the hand of the People’s Water Company in 1906. East Bay Municipal Utility District then acquired the People’s Water Company in 1916. In 1957, Contra Costa County and EBMUD created an open space parked called Briones. In 1966, parts of the county were annexed to the East Bay Regional Park District and Briones was transfered to the park district. Briones Regional Park opened to the public on October 22, 1967.
There is little shade but LOTS of Poison Oak. Luckily, the hike is mostly on fire roads so the beautiful but troublesome plant is easily avoided. This hike follows the outer rims of the park and was mostly empty during our hike. The Ivan Dickson Memorial Trail was particularly neglected. The park is a great workout and a nice, peaceful getaway. Hope you enjoy our pictures and remember to register here for the challenge. After registering, you will gain access to the Trail Guide.
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