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Briones Loop-de-Loop (Auto Free)

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A roller coaster ride along ridgetops in Briones.


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20.3

Miles

32.7

KM

5%

Singletrack

1,430' 436 m

High

87' 27 m

Low

2,592' 790 m

Up

2,857' 871 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a point-to-point ride made possible by the Bay Area's awesome mix of parks and rapid transit. Provides access for riding down Lafayette Ridge Trail and out over Acalanes Ridge at the end on this ride. Also dropping a few hundred feet more than gained.

Description

This ride starts from the Lafayette BART station with a pleasant mile and half spin up Happy Valley Road (kid you not). The first part even has a sort of bike path to the side of the road so you don't have to worry about getting slammed from behind. You have to ride the road without a shoulder for the last part though. A chance to spin it up and get through it quickly to complete the warmup.

Turn right on Panorama Drive. You'll know it by the school crosswalks. This is a steep grunt on pavement. The ride goes left onto Mariposa Trail just before the end of the pavement and doubles back on Russell Peak Trail to mellow out the climb a bit.

From here, it follows the ridgetop about 270 degrees around Briones. Briones Crest Trail for the most part with a short section on Table Top Trail because Briones Crest oddly does not stay on the crest.

The final bit of ridgecrest is a steep singletrack drop to the valley. After passing through the staging area on Old Briones Road Trail, take the first right onto Seaborg Trail dropping across the main creek and climbing back up to the valley floor on the other side. From here, a pleasant roll up the valley gradually steepening until a short steep to regain the crest.

Turning right here backtracks a short distance to the entry to the Lafayette Ridge Trail coaster. This is followed by a short connection over to Acalanes Ridge. After a short, stiff climb, expect a long roll gradually transitioning from steep dirt to gentle paved path leading to the Contra Costa Canal Trail. From there a flat roll, including under 680 and through some other tunnels, to the Iron Horse Regional Trail. A short distance left, including a trail bridge over Ygnacio Valley Road, leads to Pleasant Hill BART.

History & Background

The hillside lagoons at the northeastern limit of this ride are really uncommon for the area. Fun to check out. The one just downhill of the ride is even larger and more vegetated. In just the right week of the springtime, balls of newts doing their thing to make next year's newts are thick in the shallow water all the way around.

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Preston Jordan

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Photos

Briones peak
Apr 29, 2021 near Lafayette, CA
Briones peak view
Aug 1, 2020 near Lafayette, CA
Sunrise
Aug 1, 2020 near Lafayette, CA
Above the connector
Jan 22, 2021 near Lafayette, CA
Lafayette Trail
Feb 28, 2021 near Lafayette, CA
Sunset at bench ride trail
May 4, 2014 near Lafayette, CA

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