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Hikers entering Briones Regional Park from the trailhead at Old Briones Road are rewarded right away with a meander through old oaks—especially lovely in spring, when the usually golden grass is a vivid green and wildflowers begin to open. The park, about 25 miles east of San Francisco, also boasts panoramic views of area landmarks: Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, and the Sacramento River and Delta can all be seen from Briones Peak. It’s a favorite place for Member Kevin Schofield, who lives in neighboring Pleasant Hill. “I enjoy visiting at least once a month. Sometimes solo, sometimes with friends, and sometimes with family, but always with a camera,” he says, noting that he carries it in hand instead of tucked in a bag. “Sometimes photographic opportunities are so fleeting, you will miss them if you’re not ready.” —LeeAnne Jones
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