The forecast for the Martinez area says it will be overcast but that there will be no showers near Briones Road/Drive, so we will meet there today. Be careful that you do not go into the Alhambra Staging Area entrance by mistake, and bring a cell phone with our numbers just in case. The Briones Rd entrance has no Briones Park signs. This trail map cannot be enlarged, but you can compare it with the google map below. Larry says: "It is a very narrow winding road, in places it is a one-lane road that will take you up to over 1000 feet elevation. There are some great views, in fact you can see Mt. Diablo on the way up. There are some trails but it may be too muddy to go on them. There is water and a bathroom at the top, and lots of oak trees there too."
If you're in Oakland or Berkeley: Take 24 as if you were going to 680. Pleasant Hill Rd is the last exit before the 680 junction. Go north on Pleasant Hill Rd. At the fork, take the left which is Reliez Valley Rd. Continue on it until it turns into Alhambra Valley Rd or you pass Alhambra Valley Rd to your right. Almost immediately after, you will see the Briones Road/Drive entrance to your left. Go in and pass an area with rural homes. We will meet at intersection of Briones Rd and Orchard Tree.
Directions for El Sobrante, El Cerrito, Richmond: From 80, take Highway 4 and get off on the Alhambra exit. Turn right at the light onto Alhambra Ave, and soon you will be at a fork. Stay yo your right to get into Alhambra Valley Rd. You will arrive at a T intersection: to the left will be Reliez, to the right Alhambra Valley Rd. Turn right (west) onto Alhambra Valley Rd, then left onto Briones Road/Drive. Go in and pass an area with rural homes. We will meet at intersection of Briones Rd and Orchard Tree.
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