Monday, May 31, 2010

On The Trail @ Alhambra Valley Creek in Briones

 

The Alhambra Valley Creek Trail is located on Reliz Valley Road in the hills between Laffayette and Martinez ... This trail is a unique hiking trail for East Bay Parks as it not only allows Dogs but you are also hiking with livestock...
Which can get interesting when the Cows stand stubbornly  in the middle of the trail ... The first wooded sections of the  trail start to look  a bit like the terrain in some parts of the Donner Canyon trail ...
Briones however has a bit more of an enchanted forest feel to it and as you get deeper into the woods it starts to look and feel  more like  Morgan Territory  than Donner ...The Briones Preserve is a cross between all of the foothills terrains ... Having a bit of everything in its hills and valleys that lead all the way to the mountain ...
.Eventually the trail disappears  underneath the canopy of trees completely  swallowing you up into the forest wood ...

Though it is a fact that there are often sightings of Mountain lions and Bobcats throughout  the Briones trails  I did not see any evidence of them myself on this hike , other than the usual abundance of Ground Squirrels and also these Blacktailed Deer ...

As I always say though , Where there are Blacktailed Deer there are also their predators ... This  environment here along the Alhambra Valley Creek Trail is prime habitat for both ...   As I said before though this trail does allow Dogs which is always cool on a trail where predators are known to be  ...
  My Dog loves it out there and tries to go with me every time I go ...  Somehow he knows ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Predators? Nothing is stopping the turkey population.