Mott Peak / Crescent Ridge Loop
This pastoral loop hike in Briones’ less-visited northern section leads past a miniature waterfall, two duck ponds, and miles of cow-populated grasslands. Briones Regional Park is more than 6,000 acres of grasslands and oaks that were once part of Rancho San Felipe, a Spanish land grant. In the mid-1800s, this was an important fruit-growing region. Today it’s the grassy home of grazing cows and is frequently visited by hikers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, and horseback riders. Its sunny exposure , wide dirt roads, and large expanse of open grasslands.