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Richmond Marina Bay Trail

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8.1 mile 13.0 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 23' 7 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 15' 4 m
Low: 9' 3 m

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Max Grade: 1% (1°)

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Trail shared by Wendy Wheeler

Hike along the San Francisco Bay Trail (Richmond Segment) with stunning views of San Francisco.

Wendy Wheeler

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

An enjoyable hike with several scenic viewpoints and points of interest to explore along the way.

Need to Know

You can get a $1.50 hot dog and soda at Costco after the hike. There are two resturants midway through the hike at the Richmond Marina.

Description

Start the hike at Central Ave in Richmond, CA. Head west towards Hoffmans Marsh. The marsh is filled with shorebirds, ducks and Canadian geese. The paved path had native flowers in full bloom on both sides.

Turn left at Meeker Slough to stay close to the bay. We stopped to use the restrooms at Shimada Peace Park. A small group of bicyclists were using the picnic area. The bay was choppy and San Francisco peeked out from behind the fog.

Continue on past Barbara and Jay Vincent Park. On the day we visited, people were fishing and kids were enjoying the playground. The next stop is the Richmond Marina. The marina has two resturants and a Rosie the Riveter memorial.

The wind picked up, so we took the path along the Meeker Tidal Creek back. The housing complex blocks the wind for about a mile. This trail always has Canadian geese and ducks.

Turn left at the fork and head back to the car. This section of the trail is often filled with runners and bicyclists.

The bay views are beautiful on this hike!

Flora & Fauna

Amazing wildflowers throughout the hike. The trail is extremely well maintained and restoration projects can be seen along the way. The wetlands are breeding grounds for coastal birds, Canadian geese, and ducks.

History & Background

This hike is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, a planned 500-mile hiking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across seven toll bridges. More information can be found here.

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Jul 8, 2018
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Marsh with San Francisco peeking out from the fog
May 27, 2018 near El Cerrito, CA
California Poppies next to the trail
May 27, 2018 near El Cerrito, CA
Stege Marsh
May 27, 2018 near El Cerrito, CA
CAUTION - Duck Crossing
May 27, 2018 near El Cerrito, CA
Resturants at the Richmond Marina
May 27, 2018 near Richmond, CA
Richmond Marina
May 27, 2018 near Richmond, CA

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