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Green Hills, Ponds, & Newts Hike

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

All Discover Diablo hikes are subject to, and will honor, all applicable COVID-19–related restrictions in place for our area.

Starting fairly high up in Briones Regional Park, we will follow the Old Briones Road fire trail that leads to four different ponds. The lower two ponds should have easily seen populations of the smooth skinned California newt. We will take a look at these newts and briefly discuss their life history. We will then continue higher to see two more ponds and get good views of the east bay and delta from the higher elevations of Briones Regional Park. Be prepared for muddy trails, especially if there are recent rains.

Be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack, and dress in layers. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels.

There are restrooms (pit toilets) available at the staging area.

Participants will also be required to accept our COVID-19 Protocol (available during registration).

This hike is limited to 15 participants.

Land: East Bay Regional Park District

Rating: Easy/Moderate

Distance: 3 miles (in and out)

Elevation change: Less than 400′

Leader: Bennett Berke, Save Mount Diablo Volunteer Hike Leader

Meet: Old Briones Road Staging Area (Parking area at end of Old Briones Road, at turn around spot)

GPS Coordinates: 37.95202649282336, -122.1351362459749

Directions: From the junction of Reliez Valley Road and Alhambra Valley Road, head west on Alhambra Valley road about 100 yards. Turn left at Briones Road. There is a small hard-to-see sign at Briones Road and Alhambra Valley Road and a “No Outlet” sign at the bottom. Drive 1.5 miles up the somewhat steep, windy road to the end of Briones Road where there is parking on both sides. Staging area is at turn-around / restroom.

Photo by Crow on iNaturalist


 Are dogs allowed on Discover Diablo hikes?

No. Some Discover Diablo hikes take place on land owned by other organizations (such as Mount Diablo State Park & East Bay Regional Park lands) and many of the trails on these properties have a strict no-dog policy. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. On the hike day, we will have a roster with your registration information on it. Please make sure to check in with the hike leader.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. If you would like to change anything, please reach out to discoverdiablo@savemountdiablo.org.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at discoverdiablo@savemountdiablo.org.



March 25
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Briones Road Staging Area, Briones Regional Park
1289-1101 Briones Road
Martinez, CA 94553 United States

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