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Covering more than 6,000 acres in the Briones Hills south of the Carquinez Strait, Briones Regional Park is a prime pocket-wilderness getaway from East Bay urbanity. The hills come laced with trails for hiking, horseback riding, and jogging. From grassy hilltops to wooded canyons, the park feels remarkably removed from the nearby hustle and bustle.

Beeline for the Briones Crest for the best vistas: You can gaze from Mount Diablo to Mount Tamalpais, centering yourself by two of the Bay Area's shining signal peaks. And grab a taste of one of California's great long-distance footpaths by hoofing the Briones share of the Mokelumne Coast-to-Crest Trail, which shadows the Mokelumne River from the Sierra to San Francisco Bay.

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