10.3 miles
2,933 ft
-2,928 ft
1,436 ft
High Point

Ride within your abilities. Ride at your on risk.

Tour four of the main trails that have been permitted during this 2-year pilot period. Expect steep fire road climbs, and highly technical descents unlike what we have available to ride legally in the East Bay.

The ride will be on the difficult side due to the climbing involved.

These trails are rated black diamond, so riders should be comfortable descending on steep and loose terrain. There will be many bailout points along the ride if anyone gets in over their heads, and the wild flowers are still blooming so it should be a beautiful day out even if you cut the ride short.

Again this ride is probably best for technically proficient riders, intermediate to advanced in great aerobic condition. Definitely not for the beginner or the out of shape seasoned rider. You must enjoy a tough climb that leads to a great descent. Trails are steep like the steepest sections of back side of China camp generally, but with consistently steep and looser dirt. Trails are also fairly narrow bench cut like back side China camp in sections as well. There are gap jumps and drops on the trails in sections, and all have ride around options for the most part.

Detailed Description
BTCEB Tour of Briones Pilot is a 10 mile popular expert route located near Walnut Creek California. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,933 ft with a max elevation of 1,436 ft then descends -2,928 ft.
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  • Difficulty rating
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More Stats for BTCEB Tour of Briones Pilot mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    368 ft
  • Altitude start
    368 ft
  • Altitude end
    374 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,362 ft


  1. Walk west on Diablo View Trail.
  2. Continue for 70 meters.
  3. Turn left onto Alhambra Creek Trail.
  4. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  5. Turn right onto Spengler.
  6. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  7. Turn right onto Briones Road.
  8. Continue for 900 meters.
  9. Walk southeast on Curl of the Burl.
  10. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  11. Walk northeast on Hank and Frank.
  12. Continue for 200 meters.
  13. Turn left onto Alhambra Creek Trail.
  14. Continue for 60 meters.
  15. Walk south on Alhambra Creek Trail.
  16. Continue for 800 meters.
  17. Turn right onto Spengler.
  18. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  19. Turn left onto Briones Road.
  20. Continue for 500 meters.
  21. Keep left to take Briones Crest Trail.
  22. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  23. Walk west on Sir Isaac's DH.
  24. Continue for 800 meters.
  25. Walk southeast on Valley Trail.
  26. Continue for 600 meters.
  27. Walk northwest on Briones Crest Trail.
  28. Continue for 500 meters.
  29. Turn right onto Table Top Trail.
  30. Continue for 500 meters.
  31. Make a sharp left onto Texas Twists & Toast.
  32. Continue for 800 meters.
  33. Walk west on Spengler.
  34. Continue for 400 meters.
  35. Turn right onto Lagoon.
  36. Continue for 100 meters.
  37. Keep left to take Connector 003.
  38. Continue for 400 meters.
  39. Bear right onto Table Top Trail.
  40. Continue for 50 meters.
  41. Keep right to take Briones Crest Trail.
  42. Continue for 1 kilometer.
  43. Walk northeast on Lagoon.
  44. Continue for 70 meters.
  45. Walk northeast on Spengler.
  46. Continue for less than 10 meters.
  47. Turn left onto Hank and Frank.
  48. Continue for 300 meters.
  49. Keep right to stay on Hank and Frank.
  50. Continue for 700 meters.
  51. Turn left onto Alhambra Creek Trail.
  52. Continue for 700 meters.
  53. Turn right onto Diablo View Trail.
  54. Continue for 70 meters.
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Briones, Hank and Frank (B2) with Dave in 4K
Briones, Hank and Frank (B2) with Dave in 4K
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