Springhill Trail is a 0.75 mile out and back trail that offers scenic views. The trail is steep in sections and connects to Lafayette. This short loop goes around the network of scenic trails around the south section of Briones Regional Park. Climb up Buckeye Trail from the Springhill Staging Area to the top of Lafayette Ridge and descend Springhill Trail back to the parking lot.
Begin this hike from the Briones Staging Area at the end of Springhill Rd in Lafayette. Enter thru the trail gate and stay on the main trail towards the restroom. At the trail junction: go right to the Buckeye Trail gate; the trail goes along a creek under the shaded woodlands.
Mile 0.4-at the trail split: turn right and go through the gate to the next trail junction. The trail winds out of the canopy of trees and rises through the upper grassy slope to the Lafayette Ridge trail junction. Enjoy the fine view of Mt Diablo Wildflowers are seen along the trails: blue-eyed grass, chaparral peas, California poppies, purple ow’s clovers, blue dicks, pink vetches, silver lupines, yarrow, and woolly sunflowers.
This is a wonderful short loop that can be done within 1-1.5 hours. The elevation changes will give you a good cardio workout in a short period. The ridge-top vistas are definitely worth the effort!
The Springhill Road Trail Head is a free, public off-leash dog park with a pond and picnic tables. It's perfect for any pup looking to burn some energy. The trailhead provides plenty of space for dogs to run around on the grass and on the paved trails that wind through the woods. There are also benches where people can sit while their pooches play in this beautiful setting.
One thing you'll notice about this place is how clean it is - there was not one napkin or wrapper anywhere! That must be because visitors adhere strictly to the rules: pick up after your pet and stay on designated paths so as not to disturb wildlife and plant life.
This makes it easy for everyone who visits this spot to enjoy. Dogs will love the trails at this dog-friendly park! The paved surface is wide and there's plenty of room for them to run around or play fetch in between trees. Plus, you can enjoy views like these from benches along with your pup as they make new friends on their walk through nature. The trailhead provides space where dogs are free from distractions while having access to both wooded areas surrounding it but also an area equipped with a nice soft green carpet beneath one’s paws when walking across its grassy fields
Pleasant Hill, California is blessed with some of the area’s most amazing hiking trails. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
Las Juntas Open Space
Paso Nogal Park
Iron Horse Trail
Hidden Lakes Park
Lafayette Ridge Staging Area
Fossil Hill Trail
All of these hiking areas are located just a short distance from our location at 609 Gregory Lane, Suite #220 in Pleasant Hill! Stop by for a visit anytime!