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Motorcycle Roads Reliez Valley Rd/Bear Creek Rd

By T. Griffin
on August 1, 2008

3.8out of 5

4 Riders rated


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 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From corner of Pleasant Hill Road/ Reliez Valley Rd in Lafayette:
1. Head northwest on Reliez Valley Rd toward Reliez Ct 5.2 mi
2. Slight left at Alhambra Valley Rd 7.6 mi
3. Turn left at Castro Ranch Rd 2.3 mi
4. Turn left at San Pablo Dam Rd 5.4 mi
5. Turn left at Bear Creek Rd 4.1 mi
6. Turn right at Happy Valley Rd 1.7 mi
7. Turn left to stay on Happy Valley Rd 2.4 mi Ends back in Lafayette

Note: Trip can be made shorter by turning left at Bear Creek Rd.


Great rolling hills and scenic vista's of multiple reservoirs lying just northeast of the Berkley area. You'll see both the San Pablo and Briones reservoirs. This diverse area includes shady canyons and sunny open roads!

Road Quality

A little bit of everything for everyone. Lots of twisties, but wide open gently curving highways to be had as well.

Roadside Amenities

Not much to be had on this route. This is an afternoon cruise waiting to happen if you're looking for 1 hour ride without getting too far out of the Bay area.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on August 5, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I make this loop after work for stress relief a couple of times per month. Very nice scenery and some decent twisties to get the adreneline pumping. In my experience it is rarely patrolled.

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By Guest
on July 9, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Parts of this road get very little sun, making them slippery all year - lots of repairs and areas with no room to move over. Young kids in cars like to play "race track" out here, so getting in to speed here is NOT a good idea. WATCH for wild animals, especially deer. I've been riding this nice short route for many many years. Make sure to get a hot dog at TOP DOG if you do end up in Berkeley by the college.

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By vizmi
on October 23, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I found Castro Ranch Road closed from the direction of Alhambra Valley Rd.
Taking Bear Creek Rd south is also a nice ride though.
Otherwise this trip is nice and enjoyable ride, road quality is acceptable, traffic was light (compared to the surrounding areas) and some of the views worth a photo.

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By Shin Yamato
on October 14, 2011 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2088

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Nice ride on a sunny day, but too many stops for my taste on the Reliez Valley Rd portion. Also there are huge potholes in some parts, but there was also heavy roadwork going on, which tells me that everything will hopefully be fixed soon and make this ride even better!

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