The Sindicich Lagoons


Length 5.7 mi · Climbing 760 ft
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One of the Sindicich Lagoons, seen from the Briones Crest Trail

Background

One of Briones' most popular destinations is the Sindicich Lagoons area. The lagoons are located on a plateau on top of Briones Crest, in an open, rolling hilltop meadow with views of the Carquinez Strait. Since they're in the middle of the park the trails are quiet and isolated, but at peak times expect to encounter a group of hikers every few minutes.

The lagoons can be reached from either the Bear Creek Staging Area to the south or the Alhambra Creek Staging Area to the north. Both routes are about the same length and difficulty, but the Bear Creek route is more scenic, since the landscapes to the south are more open.

This area is most popular between February and June, when the grass is green, the park is at its most attractive, and the weather is still cool.

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Part of the Bay Area Trail Map: Carquinez Strait and Berkeley Hills (Redwood Hikes Press, 2013)

Hike description

Here's the trailhead location in Google Maps and Google Street View.

Start at the parking lot off of Bear Creek Road; park in the first lot that you come to. Take the Abrigo Valley Road, which climbs gently through a wide valley with open meadows.

If it's not muddy turn onto the obsucure Santos Trail, a little-used road that proceeds through a scenic valley before climbing up to the Briones Crest Trail.

The Santos Trail

The Briones Crest Trail has some ups and downs but does offer some nice views over the park. As the trail curves around, some even better views over the Carquinez Strait open up. The trail then descends to an attractive, open plateau of rolling hills where the lagoons are found. A sign explains that the lagoons were originally naturally formed but have been enlarged to serve as stock ponds. There's a little distant traffic noise from Walnut Creek.

The Briones Crest Trail

We leave the Briones Crest Trail here, but a lot of people continue on for another mile to the Table Top Trail, where there are even better views.

Return on Old Briones Road, which offers some great views of the Bear Creek valley as it descends.

Old Briones Road

Old Briones Road


 

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