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Point Pinole Regional Shoreline

Outing

Overview

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  • Distance

    5.68 Miles Away

Description

Trail Highlights:
The Dotson Family Marsh staging area has accessible parking and restrooms. This route traverses the entire park as it winds its way through restored marshlands into the heart of the park, and out to the fishing pier. The path to the pier is entirely paved; those with strollers or mobility devices may wish to turn around at the pier to stay on the pavement the whole way.

Trail Directions:
From the staging area, begin on the Bay Trail, a wide, paved path that leads to the Dotson Family Marsh and Giant Marsh areas. Stay on the paved path until reaching the Point Pinole Trail. Turn left here and continue past the Palms picnic area. Follow the paved Point Pinole Trail until you reach the fishing pier. Venture onto the pier for views of San Pablo Bay and beyond. To return, you may follow the same route back to stay on the pavement. Otherwise, double back from the pier towards the picnic area, and make a right on Bayview Trail, a dirt and gravel road heading uphill. At the top of the small hill, the trail curves left. Stay on Bayview Trail, which runs along the shoreline, all the way back to the paved Bay Trail. Make a right here, cross the three boardwalks over the marsh, and return to the staging area where you began.

Park Features:
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline has a rich history. Once the site of Chinese shrimping villages, it was later home to dynamite manufacture for nearly 80 years. Today, the peaceful park offers a chance to explore gentle grasslands, quiet eucalyptus woods, and stunning views of San Pablo Bay.

Driving Directions:
From I-580 in Richmond, take the Richmond Parkway north and turn left on Goodrick Avenue. The staging area is at the end of Goodrick Avenue. From I-80 take the Richmond Parkway exit and head west. Cross San Pablo Avenue and continue to Goodrick Avenue and turn right. The staging area is at the end of Goodrick Avenue.